Tracklist Michael Jackson Billie Jean The Outfield Your Love Hall & Oates Out of Touch Laura Branigan Self Control Aneka Japanese Boy Yes Owner of a Lonely Heart Joe Jackson Steppin' Out
When I was in elementary school, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was one of my favorite video games. I haven’t played it in forever, and I probably won’t ever play it again; however, the one thing I’ll always be fond of is the soundtrack, so I created a compilation highlighting some songs from my favorite in-game radio station, Flash FM. Please note that I haven’t played the game since I was like 8 or 9 years old, and my taste has changed drastically since then, so this isn’t a list of every good song in the game. These are just a few that I remember enjoying.
So I started it off with one of the greatest songs in history, Billie Jean. I think this was the first Michael Jackson song I ever listened to. I remember being absolutely amazed when I listened to the instrumental as I blasted off the heads of innocent civilians. It just makes sense. Like, I can’t imagine this song not existing. With that said, I still don’t even think it’s my favorite song from the game. Your Love contains one of the most captivating melodies I’ve ever heard in my life, inducing aural ejaculation. Just kidding. That’s not possible. That’d be gross. One aspect of the Grand Theft Auto series that I wasn’t really cognizant of until curating this compilation was the blatant audacious racism. The games are really fun to play, but Rockstar is unfortunately given the privilege of releasing extremely problematic content as a result. Almost every character in the game is an absurd stereotype. The player is constantly bombarded with an onslaught of obnoxious insults from NPCs who utilize degradingly hyperbolic variants of different ethnicities’ accents. Speaking of racial dignity minimization, there’s a song in the game called Japanese Boy, and… Well… The song is dope af sonically, but… Just look at this shit…
I always assumed the song was performed by a Japanese vocalist, but after seeing the music video I came to the unfortunate realization that Aneka is really just a dumb white bitch who exploited Japanese culture in order to benefit her own financial prosperity. As anyone who isn’t a fucking idiot could have speculated, she rightfully faded into obscurity after being unable to follow up with another popular single. The preponderance of demeaning racism has thankfully decreased drastically due to the internet’s advent of social ubiquity, rightfully paring her 15 minutes of fame. Another standout track is Yes’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” The avant-garde production exudes a musical flavor akin to that of an authentic experimental Hip Hop instrumental. I tried to make it sound as if the character, Ken Rosenberg—voiced by William Fichtner—was intentionally flowing along with the beat. I think I did a decent job.
Overall, I'm definitely satisfied with the final product. It could've been mixed better, and I didn't get a chance to master it, but this is my first time doing something like this, so I think that's pretty impressive. Not to be a douche. Anyway, let me know what you think. What's your favorite GTA soundtrack? Favorite Song Your Love Least Favorite Song Japanese Boy Final Grade A-