I am probably taking this too seriously but it really does bother me how much of a missed opportunity the soundtrack is in Watch Dogs 2. As a big Rap/Hip-Hop fan, I am especially disappointment by the lack of Bay Area Hip-Hop in the game. The only artist in the game who fits the bill is Mac Dre but the rest of the Hip-Hop on here is just sporadic as fuck. Did Ubisoft forget that their game is set in San Francisco or did they get access to these songs on the cheap years ago and just threw them on here? I love Eric B. and Rakim, I really do but they have no place in this game. Oh and don't get me started on Dizzee Rascal, he can fuck right off. Would it have killed them to put in some E-40, Too $hort, Spice 1, etc.? You know, actual Bay Area artists?
Rockstar Games on the other hand, clearly get it. In Grand Theft Auto V, the West Coast Classics station was a perfect mix of popular songs and lesser known gems that really help you immerse in the game's version of Los Angeles. A large part of this is thanks to the fact the songs that the chose are actually from the West Coast! It's not hard people. Even Mafia III, which isn't that great of a game in my opinion, managed to hit a home run with its well thought out soundtrack which is often cited as one of the best points of the entire game. In my opinion, a good licensed soundtrack is actually a big part of this particular style of open world game.
However, the soundtrack in Watch Dogs 2 feels like an afterthought. Generally, I do think the soundtrack is an absolute shambles and it feels so thrown together. I know have focused on Hip-Hop in this rant but that's just because that's my passion but even in the Rock playlist, you have Megadeth and Creedance Clearwater Revival right next to each other. Talk about chalk and cheese! They could not even be bothered to spell DJ Quik or Eric B's names correctly, which clearly demonstrates how little of a fuck Ubisoft gave when putting this soundtrack together. A real shame.
I did put together a 1990s focused Rap/Hip-Hop YouTube playlist with songs that I think would have been a good fit for Watch Dogs 2. If you want to check that out, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhvICX-r_PqUlgK4RQWrO6-hu5KAZtjWx
Thank you for reading my rant.