The station is hosted by rapper and record producer DJ Pooh, who handpicked the entire playlist for the station. West Coast Classics is most likely based on KDAY 93.5 in Los Angeles, which plays a similar genre of music.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, the radio station is directly influenced by the events of Dr. Dre's Contract, as part of The Contract update. If the player has not completed all three Data Leak finales from the contract, DJ Pooh will mention Dr. Dre's stolen phone on the radio, telling the listeners who have any information on the stolen phone to call the station to win Dre's merchandise including posters and CDs.
Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
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In The Contract update, the station received an update exclusive to GTA Online.
Dre Day playlist
GTA V 's trackID.gxt2 database reveals many more songs were planned to appear on the station but were not included in the final version. "Tha Murda Show" by Spice 1 and MC Eiht is the only song from this list to have made it on next-gen/PC versions.
- 2Pac feat. K-Ci & JoJo - How Do U Want It (1996)
- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Mr. Bill Collector (1995)
- DJ Pooh feat. Kam - Whoop! Whoop! (1997)
- Mack 10 feat. Ice Cube & WC - Westside Slaughterhouse (1995)
- Nate Dogg - I Got Love (2001)
- Warren G feat. Nate Dogg - Regulate (1994)
Alongside the trackID.gtx2 database, more songs were found in a early build of GTA V on a dev PlayStation 3.
- Digital Underground - Same Song (1991)
- MC Ren - Ruthless For Life (1998)
- The D.O.C featuring N.W.A - Grand Finalé (1989)
- Ice Cube - Wicked (1992)
- Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride (1992)
- Too $hort - Money In The Ghetto (1993)
- Snoop Dogg Ft. Goldie Loc - 20 Minutes (1999)/Snoop Dogg Ft. Goldie Loc - Back Up Ho (2000)
Prominent Appearances in the Storyline
Grand Theft Auto V
- In the mission Franklin and Lamar, the radio will be turned to this station and will play "Appetite For Destruction" by N.W.A, no matter if the player chooses the 9F or the Rapid GT (PS3 and Xbox 360 only).
- In the mission Chop, the radio will be turned to this station and will play "Still D.R.E." by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg when Franklin enters the van after putting D in the back. This song also plays after losing the cops in The Long Stretch mission.
Grand Theft Auto Online
- In the introduction, when Lamar drives the player to his first race, "What You Wanna Do?" by Kausion is playing in the background.
- Dre Day playlist plays inside F. Clinton and Partner agency.
- Plays inside Benny's Original Motor Works.
- The station's slogan, "from the days of the pager", is a reference to the fact most of these songs came out during the 1990s, before cell phones were commonplace.
- The entire playlist for this station was handpicked by the station's host himself, DJ Pooh, who was also the co-producer and writer for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and a creative consultant for Grand Theft Auto V.
- This station was the subject of a lawsuit over the copyright to some of the songs on its playlist. On October 11, 2013, former Death Row Records artist and Tha Dogg Pound member Daz Dillinger issued a cease-and-desist letter to Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive for allegedly using two of his songs without authorization. According to Dillinger, Rockstar offered him US$4,271 to allow the material to be used in the game. Dillinger declined, but the songs were used regardless. The songs are "C-Walk" by Kurupt and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" by Mack 10 and Tha Dogg Pound, which were both produced by Dillinger and included in the West Coast Classics station. In the order, Dillinger and his lawyers requested "a better offer", or the recall and destruction of unsold copies of the game. Dillinger originally afforded the publisher fourteen days to comply with the suit. However, no action was taken from either side and the lawsuit was eventually dropped, and the songs stayed in the game.
- Geto Boys' "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me" is interestingly featured on the station as the group originated from Houston, Texas, thus making them Southern rappers, as well as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (being from Cleveland, Ohio), and The Lady Of Rage (who is from Virginia), who are featured in the next-gen version. This was likely an oversight from the developers, but may been intentional due to their connections to West Coast hip-hop.
- Interestingly on a rare occasion, DJ Pooh will do a brief shout out to Lamar Davis. It's never stated how exactly DJ Pooh came to know Lamar other than that he's heard about him on the streets. He will first say Lamar? That's a funny name for a dude. He then proceeds to mock Lamar's old-school gangbanging mentality and tells him to get his act together.
- The song "What Would U Do?" by "Tha Dogg Pound" was actually one of the influences for the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas theme.
- Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Eiht and King Tee all make cameo appearances on the station giving a shoutout to DJ Pooh before a song plays.
- The station may be related to the West Coast Classics Magazine.
- "Played Like a Piano" and "The Next Episode" were sampled from "Knucklehead" by Grover Washington Jr. and "The Edge" by David McCallum respectively, both of which can be heard on Fusion FM in Grand Theft Auto IV.
- "You Know How We Do It" by Ice Cube was sampled from "Funky Worm" by the Ohio Players, which can be heard on Bounce FM in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
- This station shares its 95.6 FM frequency with West Coast Talk Radio, meaning it would be impossible to tune into either station simultaneously, especially in Los Santos County.
- "California Love" by 2Pac and Dr. Dre samples "Woman to Woman" by Joe Cocker and "West Coast Poplock" by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People. Both songs appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on K-DST and Bounce FM respectively.
- N-CT FM - a hip hop radio in GTA.
- KREZ - a hip hop radio in GTA 2.
- Game Radio - an east coast hip hop radio in GTA III.
- Wildstyle - a hip hop and electro radio in GTA Vice City.
- Playback FM - a classic east coast hip hop radio in GTA San Andreas that plays other song by Rakim with Eric B. & Rakim.
- Radio Los Santos - a contemporary hip hop radio in GTA San Andreas and GTA V that plays other songs by 2Pac, Compton's Most Wanted, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, N.W.A., Too $hort, Eazy E and MC Eiht.
- The Liberty Jam - an east coast hip hop radio in GTA Liberty City Stories.
- Fresh FM - a hip hop and electro radio in GTA Vice City Stories.
- The Beat 102.7 - a contemporary hip hop radio GTA IV and GTA Episodes From Liberty City that plays another song by Nas.
- The Classics 104.1 - a classic hip hop radio in GTA IV that plays another song by Nas.
- Alchemist - a hip hop instrumentals radio in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- DJ Khalil - a hip hop instrumentals radio in enhanced versions of GTA Chinatown Wars.
- The Lab - a hip hop and mixed genre radio in enhanced versions of GTA V that plays another song by MC Eiht.
- blonded Los Santos 97.8 FM - a contemporary urban and mixed genre radio in enhanced versions of GTA V that plays another song by Jay-Z.
- iFruit Radio - a hip hop radio station in enhanced version of GTA V.
- Media Player - a radio station in enhanced version of GTA Online that plays other songs by Kurupt and Nate Dogg.
0x119C0F19 = How Do U Want It
0x23482A7D = Mr. Bill Collector
0xB0B323BF = Whoop! Whoop!
0x680F6081 = Westside Slaughterhouse
0xBABE7B1E = I Got Love
0xD8663D8D = Regulate
- GTA Forums: http://gtaforums.com/topic/678397-the-gta-v-beta-hunt/?p=1070099238
- Snoop Dogg Ft. Goldie Loc: The post mentions a collaborative song by Snoop Dogg featuring Goldie Loc. By then, they had released three songs together: "20 Minutes", "Back Up Ho", and "Let's Roll" (2002), which is a song by Goldie Loc featuring Snoop Dogg.