"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."
Julio G
"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. This station was released together with Playback FM as part of the 8-CD Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Official Soundtrack Box Set. The station also includes references to "carjacking on the rise", Los Santos gang violence, and the Los Santos crack epidemic - being that these activities play a key element of the gameplay and the story. This is the favourite radio station of the Grove Street Families and Ryder. The radio station's DJ in 1992 is Julio G. Rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill makes an appearance on the station and so does Madd Dogg who is voiced by Ice-T. Other appearances on the radio station include: OG Loc and Big Smoke once the first act of the game (the missions in Los Santos) has been completed.

In Grand Theft Auto V it appears once again, this time hosted by Big Boy - host of Big Boy's neighborhood in Los Angeles and voice of Big Bear in GTA San Andreas.


Radio Los Santos

Logo, circa 1992

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

* - This song is missing 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]

  • 2 Chainz - I'm Different
  • 2 Chainz - No Lie ft. Drake
  • 100s - "Brick $ell Phone"
  • Clams Casino - Cold War
  • Dub-C, Maylay & Ice Cube - You Know Me
  • E-40 - "That Candy Paint" Ft. Slim Thug & Bun B
  • Jay Rock - Boomerang
  • Juicy J - Bandz A Make Her Dance (Explicit) ft. Lil' Wayne, 2 Chainz
  • Kanye West - Mercy (Explicit) ft. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
  • Machine Gun Kelly - Wild Boy ft. Waka Flocka Flame
  • Meek Mill Ft. Rick Ross - Believe It
  • Miguel - Adorn
  • Wiz Khalifa - Initiation feat. Lola Monroe
  • Wiz Khalifa - Work Hard Play Hard
  • Young Jeezy feat. Freddie Gibbs - Rough/Young Jeezy - Do It For You ft. Freddie Gibbs[9]


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)


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.
  • 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.
  • Radio Los Santos is one of the three radio stations to cross universes from the 3D to HD universe, the others being Head Radio and West Coast Talk Radio.
  • 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 $100 bill.
  • Despite 2 Chainz being credited in "Upper Echelon", the GTA edit ends the song after T.I.'s verse, before 2 Chainz' verse even begins.
  • While listening to the song "A.D.H.D" by Kendrick Lamar on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One versions of GTA V, the word "Playstation" which is featured in the song has been purposely distorted.
  • Occasionally there is a glitch where the song "Hold Up" by Marion Band$ feat. Nipsey Hussle may be heard on Los Santos Rock Radio. (tested on the PS3 and PS4).
  • "How It Was" is actually by DJ Esco featuring Future, however in-game only Future is credited.

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.