"You people got to learn the difference between a rapper and a gangster. A rapper is someone who talks a lot and gets paid a lot of money for, but don't actually run around with a gun. A gangster is a guy with a gun who kills people and spends most of his adult life in prison. They ain't the same thing yo, no matter what anybody says. Keep it real."
GTA San Andreas

"Contemporary Hip Hop blazing into your stereo."
— Description at

Radio Los Santos is a radio station in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V. In both games, the station plays contemporary hip-hop. However, while GTA: San Andreas focuses exclusively on West Coast artists, GTA V features rappers from all regions of the United States. The player can buy stocks from the radio station on the website in GTA V.


The station, evidently, broadcasts from Los Santos. As revealed through its tagline in GTA V, it started in 1988.

Radio Los Santos is the more popular of the two hip hop stations in GTA San Andreas, as evidenced by its callers and idents. Its playlist predominantly features early-1990s rap from West Coast acts, in contrast to Playback FM's playlist which features late-1980s rap from East Coast acts. Radio Los Santos and Playback FM were released together in the 8-CD Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Official Soundtrack Box Set.

The radio station's DJ in 1992 is Julio G. He has an "only sane man" attitude, advocating for peace in the neighborhood, encouraging listeners to do something useful for the community, criticizing violence and those who think being a rapper and being a gangster are the same thing, and disaproving of the looting during the riots in the final stages of the game. He is one of the few characters in the whole GTA series to encourage good practices.

The station also includes references to "carjacking [being] on the rise", Los Santos gang violence, and the Los Santos crack epidemic, activities that encompass a large part of the gameplay and the story. Rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill makes an appearance on the station, as does Madd Dogg, who is voiced by Ice-T. Other appearances on the radio station include: OG Loc and Big Smoke once the player has completed the first act of the game (the missions in Los Santos).

This is the favourite radio station of the Grove Street Families and Ryder.

The station reappears in Grand Theft Auto V, this time hosted by Big Boy - host of Big Boy's neighborhood in Los Angeles and voice of Big Bear in GTA San Andreas.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

* - This song was omitted from the re-released versions of the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

Exclusive for PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions

* This song was originally cut from the original version release.

Deleted Songs

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GTA V's trackID.gxt2 database reveals more songs were planned to appear on the station but were not included in the final version.

Alongside the trackID.gtx2 database, more songs were found in a early build of GTA V on a dev PlayStation 3.[8]


GTA San Andreas soundtrack:

GTA San Andreas - Radio Los Santos Full Soundtrack PlayStation

GTA San Andreas - Radio Los Santos Full Soundtrack PlayStation

Grand Theft Auto V original soundtrack:

Radio los santons

Radio los santons

Grand Theft Auto V enhanced soundtrack:

Radio Los Santos - GTA V Radio (Next-Gen)

Radio Los Santos - GTA V Radio (Next-Gen)



  • Radio Los Santos may be based on real-life Los Angeles-based radio stations KPWR 105.9 (Power 106) and 93.5 KDAY.
    • The GTA San Andreas rendition of Radio Los Santos may likely be based on KDAY as Julio G was a former DJ on the station.
    • The GTA V rendition is likely based on Power 106 as Big Boy was a DJ for the station until 2015, when he moved to KRRL 92.3 (The Real).
  • Radio Los Santos is one of three radio stations to appear in multiple universes, the others being Head Radio and West Coast Talk Radio.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Jay Rock's song "Hood Gone Love It" is used in Franklin Clinton's trailer. It is also played in the Stretch that Jimmy and Michael drive to the Oriental Theater in during the mission "Meltdown."
  • This is Franklin Clinton's favorite radio station, as it is the default station for both of his vehicles, along with The Lab which can rarely automatically come on in the enhanced version of the game. It plays inside both of his safehouses.
  • This is one of Lamar Davis's favourite radio stations, the other one being West Coast Classics which plays older hip-hop tracks from the 1980s and 1990s, as this station did in GTA San Andreas as mentioned above.
  • This station also plays inside Hayes Autos.
  • This is the favourite radio station of the Families and the Ballas gangs.
  • Occasionally there is a glitch where the song "Hold Up" by Marion Band$ feat. Nipsey Hussle may be heard on Los Santos Rock Radio. (tested on the PS3 and PS4).
  • While listening to the song "A.D.H.D" by Kendrick Lamar on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC versions of GTA V, the word "Playstation" which is featured in the song has been purposely distorted.
  • "How It Was" is actually by DJ Esco featuring Future, however in-game only Future is credited.
  • In GTA V, the host mentions that there was recently a new design for the $100 bill, a reference to the new design of the United States $100 bill.

Enhanced versions

  • In the enhanced (Xbox One/PS4/PC) version of the game, whenever the player starts the mission Franklin and Lamar and chooses to repossess either the 9F or the Rapid GT, the radio is tuned in automatically to Radio Los Santos and the song Bad News by Danny Brown & Action Bronson will always play.
    • This is different to the original version of the game for PS3 & Xbox 360, which will instead play "Appetite For Destruction" by N.W.A. (featured on West Coast Classics) during the mission.
    • The same song is also featured in the Welcome to Los Santos album by The Alchemist and Oh No, in which all of the songs except for this one can be heard in The Lab. This song was also cut from previous-gen releases as seen in the trackID.gxt2 files.
  • Despite 2 Chainz being credited in "Upper Echelon", the GTA edit ends the song after T.I.'s verse, before 2 Chainz' verse even begins.

See also


  1. TrackID.gxt2: 0x994A0DCF = Fuckin' Problems
  2. TrackID.gxt2: 0x3A30CE7A = Awesome Awesome
  3. TrackID.gxt2: 0xF0013DF4 = Pop That (ft Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne)
  4. TrackID.gxt2: 0x4CC934C9 = No Sympathy
  5. TrackID.gxt2: 0xE2B35376 = Rack City
  6. TrackID.gxt2: 0x3D3D2D7E = What It Do
  7. TrackID.gxt2: 0xE1CE206E = Rooster In My Rari
  8. GTA Forums:
  9. Young Jeezy feat. Freddie Gibbs: The host mentions a collaborative song from Freddie Gibbs and Young Jeezy. Since there are only 2 collaborative songs from Freddie and Jeezy, either Young Jeezy feat. Freddie Gibbs - Rough or Young Jeezy feat. Freddie Gibbs - Do It for You was cut.


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