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This article is about the mission. For the character, see Ryder.
Ryder: "Hey man, wha'choo want?"
CJ: "Seeing my homie. What's up with you?"
Ryder and CJ before the mission

Ryder is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by Grove Street Families member Lance "Ryder" Wilson from his home.


Carl drops by Ryder's house in Grove Street. Ryder does not seem that excited to see Carl back. Ryder explains that a local pizza store in Idlewood keeps painting over a Grove Street Families tag on the building, and he wants to "teach the owner a lesson". He asks Carl to come along, to which Carl agrees. The two get into Ryder's Picador and drive over to the barber shop. Carl asks if Old Reece still owns the shop, to which Ryder warns Carl not to get a haircut there, stating that Reece popped his membrane years ago. Despite Ryder's advice, Carl goes inside the barber shop and gets a new haircut. Afterwards, Carl goes back outside and Ryder comments on his new haircut.

Ryder tells Carl to go over to the pizza place across the street and get them some food while he finishes smoking. After Carl orders the food, Ryder walks over to the counter with a gun and attempts to rob the premises. However, the clerk recognizes Ryder, and frightens Ryder and Carl off with a shotgun. Carl and Ryder flee outside and get into Ryder's Picador. Carl and Ryder drive back to Ryder's house in Grove Street.

After returning to Grove Street, Ryder tells Carl to go over and see Sweet at his house to talk to him about the graffiti all across the hood.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get in Ryder's car!
  • Go with Ryder to the barbers.
  • Walk into the marker to get a haircut.
  • Enter the Pizza shop and buy some food.
  • Walk into the marker to buy a pizza.
  • Get in Ryder's car!
  • You've left Ryder behind! [?]
  • Get in Ryder's car! [?]
  • Drive Ryder home.


The reward for completing the mission is an increase of three Respect points.

The Sweet mission strand is also opened starting with the first mission, Tagging Up Turf. A phone call from Sweet will also be available, describing changes in the city's gangs.


CJ enters Ryder's House.
Ryder: Hey man, what you want?
CJ: Seeing my homie. What's up with you?
Ryder: Yeah, homie, yeah, yeah. It's good to see you back.
CJ: No homie love? No hug?
Ryder: Oh, for sure, for sure my ni**a, my bad. What's crackin' with you?
CJ: Hey, man, what you strapped for?
Ryder: Man, some pizza place keeps painting over our hit up, man! That shit is beautiful. Teach the owner a lesson. He's fucking with Grove Street. You down?
CJ: I'm always down.
Ryder: Ahhhh, yeah... Let's go, bitch.
CJ and Ryder exit Ryder's house.
Ryder: Hey, show me how they drive on the East Coast, homie!
CJ and Ryder get into Ryder's Picador and drives to Reece's Hair & Facial Studio.
CJ: Hey, Old Reece still running the barber shop?
Ryder: Like a raggedy-assed motherfucker! He popped his membrane years ago! No way I'd let that old fool near my head!
CJ: Yeah, I think I'll get cut up.
Ryder: Whatever. You got five minutes. I'll be cutting you like a DJ. So when you running off again?
CJ: I'm not, I'm thinkin' of staying.
Ryder: Why?
CJ: My family, the homies is here.
Ryder: We were always here, fool!
CJ: Yeah, but, now I'm back and I know what I've been missing.
Ryder: Don't expect me to kiss your ass or nothing. You're still a buster to me.
CJ: Yeah, OK, thanks homie.
Ryder: Yeah, don't mention it.
CJ enters the barber shop and chooses a haircut.
Reece: *Tell Big Smoke he needs a cut.
  • Hope you stick around longer.
  • Nice to have you back, son.
  • Say hi to your brother for me.
CJ leaves the barber shop.
Ryder: (if CJ gets a cheap haircut; under $200) Shit, I told you he was crazy! Man, you jacked up!
Ryder: (if CJ gets an expensive haircut; $200+) You know something? I take it back, Old Reece still got it cracking.
Ryder: Man, what's this? Shit looks ridiculous. No respect for the 'hood, all clean and shit. You're looking too skinny, CJ. Go and get us something to eat. I'm gonna finish this. Then I'm gonna take care of business.
CJ enters The Well Stacked Pizza Co. and orders some food. Ryder shortly after enters wielding a Pistol.
Ryder: Give up the money! This a raid!
Well Stacked Pizza Clerk: Ryder! Not this again!
Ryder: It ain't me, fool!
Well Stacked Pizza Clerk: No one else is that small! I feel sorry for your dad!
CJ: Shit, you crazy! Let's get out up outta here!
Ryder: Same old CJ! Busta! Straight busta!
The Well Stacked Pizza Clerk pulls a shotgun from behind the counter and fires a warning shot, sending CJ and Ryder running.
Ryder: Oh, shit! RUN!
CJ and Ryder get into Ryder's Picador and start to escape as the Well Stacked Pizza Clerk runs out of the store, Shotgun in hand.
Well Stacked Pizza Clerk: This pizza parlor is no push-over!
Ryder: What you waiting for, fool? Take us back to the Grove, motherfucker!
CJ and Ryder drive back to Ryder's house in Grove Street.
Ryder: Better drop by and see Sweet. He's been yapping on about that graffiti, too. Later, homie.


Video Walkthroughs



  • After the player comes out of the barbers and talks to Ryder, if Carl comes out with an expensive haircut ($200+), Ryder takes back what he said about Reece. If Carl comes out with a cheaper hairstyle (under $200), he will continue to insult Reece (this appears to be false in the Xbox version of the game, as coming out with a Flat Top ($500) will still have Ryder insult Reece).
    • Ryder has a third, unused comment on CJ's hairstyle.[1]
  • If a player visits Old Reece without money, they will automatically be given $52. In the pizza shop, they will be given $2, allowing them to buy the cheapest meal.[2]
    • Due to an oversight in The Definitive Edition, players can buy an expensive haircut without having enough money, causing them to go into negative balance, making it impossible to afford a meal at the pizza parlour.
  • The song heard inside Ryder's home is Alwayz Into Somethin' by N.W.A, a song also heard on Radio Los Santos.
  • The clerk in the pizza shop says to Ryder, "I feel sorry for your dad", similar to what a clerk says to a character in the beginning of the movie "Menace II Society", which Ryder's voice actor, MC Eiht, has appeared in.
  • In the brief cutscene at Ryder's House, Ryder armed himself with a Glock 17, but when he's about to rob the Pizza Parlor, he pulls out a Colt M1911A1. This is due to the fact that the Pistol in GTA: San Andreas has two different models: A Glock model for cutscenes, and the Colt model (originally from Grand Theft Auto III) for gameplay.
  • In a beta screenshot, Ryder can be seen leaning against a Sadler.
  • Before the player stops at the barber, Ryder's car is damage-proof. However, the engine will still begin smoking if it sustains too much damage.
  • The cutscene where Ryder comments on Carl's hair cannot normally be skipped. However, if the player fails and retries the mission, it can be skipped.
  • Regardless of how much weight Carl has, Ryder will say that he looks too skinny.
  • The player will be followed by the clerk wherever they go until the mission is passed or failed.
  • In the Windows Store version of the game, it is possible to use this mission to skip all the way to the firetruck chase section of End of the Line. The method is explained here.
  • The mission was originally called "Menace", according to pre-release PlayStation Magazine articles.[3]

See Also


  1. "What's that? A wig or something?" The Cutting Room Floor
  2. What happens if CJ has no money (in debt) during the mission Ryder? In the Beginning mission 3 - YouTube, ZMOONCHILD, timestamps 14:43 & 16:28