Welcome to Los Santos

Welcome to Los Santos

by The AlchemistThe Alchemist


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It's been overshadowed by all the controversy surrounding violence within the video games, but the music in the Grand Theft Auto series has always been an essential element, and it came to a head with the grand soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto V. On Welcome to Los Santos, hip-hop producers the Alchemist and Oh No create new music inspired by the game, and while that may sound like a reach or a marketing gimmick, if crass motives created this awesome album then so be it. This kinetic mash of genres captures the excitement of flipping the radio dial in the game, a virtual experience that beats its real-life counterpart as one inspired track after another flies by. MC Eiht, Freddie Gibbs, and Kokane recast jazz-rap as thug music on the title track, while Gangrene and Earl Sweatshirt bring the scratchy, vinyl-era funk on "Play It Cool," and that's with Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands in tow. The closing and eerie "Bad News" is probably as close as Action Bronson and Danny Brown will ever come to recording a Dark Carnival-styled ICP track, and then there's "Lock and Load," with MNDR and Killer Mike sounding both angelic and tough as nails at the same time. Appearances from Popcaan and Vybz Kartel prove that GTA is always way ahead of radio when it comes to exposing dancehall to America's youth, and with selections from Wavves, Phantogram, Ariel Pink, and Dam-Funk dotting the track list, the virtual DJs win over the real-life ones when it comes to hip as well. You don't have to play video games to appreciate how alive, inspired, and awesome this album is, but chances are you'll want to, as the best radio stations all beam their excellence out of a tower located somewhere in Los Santos.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Mass Appeal
UPC: 0812814020125
catalogNumber: 18

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alchemist   Primary Artist
Woody Jackson   Guitar,Keyboards
Matt Sweeney   Guitar
DJ Romes   scratching
Deantoni Parks   Drums
Dantoni Parks   Drums

Technical Credits

Earl Stevens   Composer
Alchemist   Producer
Aaron Tyler   Composer
Josh Werner   Composer,Producer
Babatunde Adebimpe   Composer
DJ Romes   Engineer
Yukimi Nagano   Composer
Oh No   Producer
Peter Wade Keusch   Composer
Little Dragon   Producer
Jeff Edwards   Engineer
Joel Williams   Composer
Håkan Wirenstrand   Composer
Fredrik Kallgren Wallin   Composer
Erik Bodin   Composer
Avriel Epps   Composer
Sinkane   Producer
Adidja Palmer   Composer
Jake Portrait   Additional Production
Michael Render   Composer
Josh Carter   Composer,Producer
Sarah Barthel   Composer
Bass Drum of Death   Additional Production
Shante Franklin   Composer
Samuel T. Herring   Composer
Stephen Pope   Composer
Evian Christ   Additional Production
Thebe Kgositsile   Composer
Nathan Williams   Composer
Darold Ferguson   Composer
Daniel Sewell   Composer
Ariyan Arslani   Composer
Michael Harris   Engineer
Frederick Tipton   Composer
Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins   Composer
Alan Maman   Composer
Michael W. Jackson   Composer
Woodrow Jackson   Composer
Ahmed Gallab   Composer
Herbert Anthony Stevens   Composer
Alan Haman   Composer
Andrae Hugh Sutherland   Composer
Amanda Lucille Warner   Composer
Monika James   Composer

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