Whether you play the game or not, Grand Theft Auto has become one hell of a musical goldmine. There's a new GTA V compilation coming out soon curated by The Alchemist and Oh No, called Welcome To Los Santos. It includes "Lock & Load" by L.A electronic artist MNDR, featuring one-half of Run The Jewels, Killer Mike.
This is amazing. The gangsta beat lays the backbone, stretch out by eerie synths and keys. The melody has a kind of sexy, trip-hop monotony which really blooms to a point that reminds me of some earlier Bjork tracks.
Of course, Killer Mike steals the spotlight because he's Killer Mike and he's one of the best rappers alive. His spits out an aggressive verse, with that signature flow swinging from beat to beat, the perfect complement to GTA and the perfect antidote to MNDR's steamy electro-pop.
Here's the full tracklist, out on April 21:
1. Gangrene, "Play It Cool" feat. Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands) & Earl Sweatshirt
2. Ab-Soul, "Trouble" feat. Aloe Blacc
3. Tunde Adebimpe, "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" feat. Sal P & Sinkane
4. MC Eiht & Freddie Gibbs, "Welcome to Los Santos" feat. Kokane
5. Phantogram, "K.Y.S.A"
6. Vybz Kartel, "Fast Life"
7. King Avriel, "20’s 50’s 100’s" feat. A$AP Ferg
8. MNDR, "Lock & Load" feat. Killer Mike
9. Popcaan, "Born Bad" feat. Freddie Gibbs
10. E-40, "California" feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink
11. Wavves, "Leave"
12. Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs, "Fetti"
13. Little Dragon, "Wanderer"
14. Action Bronson & Danny Brown, "Bad News"