Grand Theft Auto changed my life. Not because the games got me robbing, stabbing, and running over prostitutes, but because, as a 20-year-old guy, it has directly shaped my musical taste.
The latest game in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, drops today and takes place in a fictionalized version of L.A. The music is predictably amazing, featuring curated music from Flying Lotus, Twin Shadow, Wavves and Soulwax, plus new, unreleased songs from those folks as well as A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator and The Chain Gang of 1974. (The trailer's at the bottom of this post.) It's also a good chance to look back at the two incarnations that most shaped me, Vice City and San Andreas.More »