The radio stations in the Grand Theft Auto games have been constantly evolving, featuring artists such as Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and many more. Not so long ago, GTA released their biggest DLC called ‘The Contract’ that features a new heist with Dr. Dre and the return of Franklin.
The Contract DLC brought many new and interesting missions, cars, and a lot more, but it was a complete step-up for their radio stations! Ever since the first Grand Theft Auto, Rockstar had only original music playing on their radios, but all that changed in due time.
If we just go back to the legendary Grand Theft Auto 3, it was the very first time we heard of someone from the real world playing themselves in the game. Game Radio FM was hosted by New York’s legendary DJs Stretch Armstrong and Lord Sear which added a uniquely realistic experience to the game.
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Things started getting interesting with the release of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. We all know what an amazing game it is, but it’s also the very first game in the series that let players change the radio station. There were ten radio stations that featured 80s classic hits like Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and much more! Grand Theft Auto had already become quite popular in 2003 and 2004. During that time, Rockstar launched another game called Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which paved the way for what we see in GTA V right now!
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But for now, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was surrounded by music, and it was all about the West Coast! It had twelve radio stations and most tuned into ‘Radio Los Santos‘, which was hosted by Los Angeles DJ Julio G and featured tracks by 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and more.
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With Rockstar having done so much already with in-game radio stations, what do you think happened with the fourth entry? Well, GTA 4 went back to GTA 3’s Liberty City and much of the radio content stayed the same, but they did add in some hits of the time. Rockstar didn’t let it rest though; DJ Preme had done a mix-tape for ‘The Classic 104.1’ radio station which they featured in-game for fans to enjoy!
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With Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar knew that it was their biggest project yet and they wanted to make it as realistic as possible. Having had twenty-two radio stations with different genres, hosts, and even some daily news about the city of Los Santos, fans wanted more! After ‘The Contract’ DLC, 77 new songs from artists like The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, 2pac, Future, and other musicians were added to in-game radios, along with additional radio stations.
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GTA has been evolving through time, and so has the world created by Rockstar. ‘The Contract’ was quite a fun update, and a play-through of the first half can be found here!