"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.
— Playback FM
"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."
GTA San Andreas Website

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.).


Playback's playlist leans more towards '80s rap music made exclusively by East Coast artists, in contrast to Radio Los Santos that has a playlist that leans more towards early '90s rap made exclusively by West Coast acts.

Playback assumes a more retro, nostalgic nature (even though not that many years have passed between the songs in its playlist and the events of GTA San Andreas). Its idents scold listeners because while they were going on with the '80s pop style, these rappers were inventing hip hop. They also tell that if they want to be learned on the history of hip hop, they must listen to this radio. 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 be meant to be Rockstar's homage to the early hip hop era.

Its DJ, Fort Right MC is "a man with an opinion on everything" as the idents boast; he is a very opinionated guy who rants about politics, TV shows, women, science fiction, nerd stuff and aliens. He thinks East Coast rap is superior to its West Coast counterpart, and thus he sees himself like a sort of enlightener or missionary divulging the right music in the West Coast. He also hates the people living in the West Coast and says he wants another earthquake to hit San Andreas. He isn't very popular, as listeners call to the radio to criticize him for his eccentric ramblings, and urge him to just play the records. Radio Los Santos host Julio G agrees with this view, as he says that the songs in Playback are great but that "its DJ is wack".

Playback FM is also the Varrios Los Aztecas' favorite radio station.

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


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)
Not available for listening
"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 re-released versions of the game.




  • Playback FM plays mostly late '80s east-coast hip hop, a clear contrast with Radio Los Santos that plays mostly early '90s west-coast hip hop.
  • The radio station's host, Forth Right MC is voiced by the rapper Chuck D. The song "Rebel Without A Pause" by Public Enemy the group which Chuck D is part of, appears on the station.
  • The songs "I Know You Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim and "Rebel Without A Pause" by Public Enemy were featured in another Rockstar published game, Thrasher Presents Skate and Destroy.

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