I’m not much of a gamer (PS3 yo!), but whenever there’s a new version out of Grand Theft Auto, I just buy it, no questions asked. Putting aside all of the game’s outbursts of profanity and racism, experiencing the GTA V soundtrack – the radio stations – while playing the game is worth the money.
The Phil Collins, Los Santos Sunset, Miami Vice feel. The carjacking, West Coast Hip Hop, DJ Pooh moments. The Talk Radio chuckles. Whether you’re black, white, or latino, in GTA V, everyone’s a stereotype. With that in mind, game soundtracking has come a long way. Sales of Grand Theft Auto V topped a billion dollars in just three days since launch. Yep, that’s a B, not an M. Sure, that’s retail. Somehow I can’t help but think that being on the GTA V soundtrack is the new Gold Record.
Polygon.com has an excellent article on how the making of the GTA V soundtrack came about.
“So with Kenny Loggins… the direction of the station just started to take a turn. There became more of an easy rock, 1970s kind of feel, and Kenny became the natural person to host the station.”
Loggins, a singer songwriter known for his affinity for soft rock, jumped at the chance to host a radio station within Rockstar’s game. But he wasn’t the only celebrity to join the Los Santos airwaves. Actress Pam Grier hosts Lowdown FM, the game’s soul station packed with low rider classics, while renowned funk bassist Bootsy Collins takes charge of the 80s funk station, Space 103.2.”