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It's the reason you put that subwoofer in your car!
— Shit, I can't see the mirror!
Old school hip hop, only on Playback FM.
— Station jingle
The mouthiest man in hip-hop, Forth Right MC, brings real hip-hop to the left coast. East Coast sensibilities and Forth Right's unique brand of conspiracy theory lead you in a history lesson.
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Playback FM is a radio station featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It plays east-coast old school hip hop and golden age hip hop. It is hosted by Forth Right MC (voiced by Chuck D.).

Description

Playback's playlist consists of late 1980s rap by East Coast artists, in contrast to Radio Los Santos, whose playlist is predominantly early 1990s rap by West Coast acts.

Playback assumes a more retro and nostalgic nature (even though the oldest songs on the playlist were released only five years before the events of the game). Its idents scold listeners because "while they were going on with the 1980s pop style, these rappers were inventing hip hop". They also claim that if listeners want to "be learned on the history of hip hop, they must listen to this station". Playback also makes nostalgic comments such as that this kind of music "was the reason [its listeners] put that subwoofer in the car", and so the station could also represent Rockstar Games' homage to the early hip hop era.

Its DJ, Fort Right MC, is, as the idents boast, "the mouthiest man in hip-hop". He is a very opinionated guy who rants about politics, TV shows, women, science fiction, "nerd stuff" and aliens. He believes East Coast rap is superior to its West Coast counterpart. He also hates the people living on the West Coast and says he wants another earthquake to hit San Andreas. His presenting style is unpopular, as the majority of his callers want him to play the records instead of listening to his ramblings. Radio Los Santos host Julio G agrees with this view, as he says that the songs on Playback are "great" but that "its DJ is whack".

Playback FM is the favorite station of the Varrios Los Aztecas.

The soundtrack to this station was released together with Radio Los Santos as part of the 8-CD Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Official Soundtrack Box Set.

Tracklist

Tracklist
Song: Preview: Notes:
"Road to the Riches" by Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (1989)
"Warm It Up, Kane" by Big Daddy Kane (1989)
"The Godfather" by Spoonie Gee (1987)
"Me and the Biz" by Masta Ace (1990)
"Children's Story" by Slick Rick (1988)
"Rebel Without a Pause" by Public Enemy (1987)
"I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim (1987)
"It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock (1988)
"B.Y.S." by Gang Starr (1992)
"Vapors" by Biz Markie (1988)
"Brand Nubian" by Brand Nubian (1989)
"Critical Beatdown" by Ultramagnetic MCs (1988) This song is missing from the iOS, Android, PS2 Classics (PS3, PS4 and PS5) and Rockstar Games Launcher and The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.

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Trivia

  • The station's host, Forth Right MC, is voiced by rapper and Public Enemy member Chuck D. Their song "Rebel Without a Pause" appears on the station. It also appears, along with "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim, on another Rockstar published game, Thrasher Presents Skate and Destroy.
  • Although the station is labeled as an "Old School Hip-Hop" station, it plays songs from the late 1980s to the early 1990s in a similar fashion to Radio Los Santos that plays Contemporary Hip-Hop in GTA San Andreas.

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