DJ Green Lantern Releasing "Liberty City Invasion" GTA IV Album

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Rockstar Games and Future Green Entertainment announced a new album from The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern, titled "Liberty City Invasion: Music from and Inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV".

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The eight GTA-exclusive tracks DJ Green Lantern wrote for Liberty City's "The Beat" radio show, which he hosts, will be on the album, along with eight new songs inspired by the game. He's joined by some major hip-hop, reggae and R&B artists, including Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Fat Joe, Styles P and Fabolous, and several other new artists and talent from DJ Green Lantern's label will feature on the album as well.

The Rockstar team has somewhat of a reputation for its particularity when it comes to musical selections for the game, and executive producer Sam Houser said he's excited about this album and its "true New York flavor." "Liberty City Invasion: Music from and Inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV" will be available digitally on May 20th, to be followed by a physical disc launch at an unspecified date.

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Today, Rockstar Games and Future Green Entertainment are proud to announce the release of an original production album from The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern featuring music from and inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV.

Containing eight brand new tracks crafted exclusively for DJ Green Lantern's "Liberty City Invasion" radio show on the in-game radio station "The Beat," as well as eight new songs directly inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV, The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern has created an epic urban soundtrack. This special album release features an incredible lineup of hip-hop, reggae and R&B superstars including heavyweights Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Fat Joe, Styles P and Fabolous as well as up-and-coming artists Mavado, Uncle Murder and Future Green Entertainment's own Johnny Polygon, Qadir and more.

Singles include "Where's My Money" from Busta Rhymes and "Nickname" from the brand new artist Qadir. The perfect summer anthem "I'm So Fly," featuring Fat Joe and Fabolous is inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV and while included on the album is not in the game.

"The Grand Theft Auto games have always featured stunning soundtracks and the amount of eclectic music in Grand Theft Auto IV goes above and beyond anything we have been able to do before" said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games, "DJ Green Lantern's contributions give the soundtrack a true New York flavor and we're excited to be releasing his full album to fans."

"From making mixtapes, to being on the radio, to touring with the biggest artists on the planet, and then for the biggest video game title to solicit me to create exclusive music is something most people could only dream about, it's like a graduation," said Green. "Rockstar Games understood what I bring to the table as far as not just presenting music, but creating music."

Green Lantern originally came to prominence in the mixtape scene by consistently featuring exclusive self-produced music with hip-hop superstars like Eminem, Jay-Z, The Beastie Boys, Mike Shinoda's Fort Minor, D-Block, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep and many more. This led to an acclaimed career as a proper music producer in his own right which has yielded such Billboard hits as "Number One Spot" by Ludacris and "In The Ghetto" by Busta Rhymes featuring Rick James as well as the street hits Akon "Ghetto" feat. Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac, Uncle Murda's "Bullet, Bullet," and many more. Green Lantern can be heard every week nationally on his Sirius Satellite Radio show.

The Evil Genius Green Lantern makes his official production album debut with the release of Liberty City Invasion: Music from and Inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV. It will be available at all major digital retailers on May 20th with a physical release coming soon.

Grand Theft Auto IV is currently available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system.

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DISCUSSION

I have to vent this somewhere and I have to be honest. I'm not a big music listener. I don't buy all that much music. I haven't got the slightest notion of who Roy Ayers or Femi Kuti are, and it really wouldn't occur to me to bother to find out. My ability to name the song and artist of a modern musical tracks mostly depends on whether the song appeared in Guitar Hero.

That being said, I, with my limited exposure to this kind of thing, am completely underwhelmed by the radio stations in GTA IV, and the choice of music in particular.

Vice City was quite good, as it contained a lot of tunes I actually knew, and the ones I didn't were bright and catchy. I didn't like San Andreas at first, thinking it was far too rap/hip hop heavy, but again there were a few songs I knew and liked, and the ones I didn't know gradually grew on me. Even some of the songs on the gangsta stations started to grow on me some, and I can now say that I like the San Andreas soundtrack.

GTA IV? Completely flat and boring as far as I can tell. No recognisable crowd pleasers for people like me, and for all of the playtime I've put in, I have to say that nothing I've heard has grown on me. I mean, not a single song or piece of music ever comes on that I've come to like and appreciate. I kind of default to the Jazz station or the one with the robot DJ, but that's mostly because the others vascillate between grating on the nerves or boring me to tears. Actually, Vladivostok is probably the only station that has one or two songs growing on me, surprisingly enough.

I really wish they'd have put one or two Gen-X type radio stations and thrown a few more bones to people like me. I'm very unimpressed by the music selection this time round.

Once more, this is my subjective opinion, if you don't feel the same way, I'm happy for you.