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Lance Wilson

Lance Wilson, better known as Ryder, was a long-time member of the Grove Street Families gang in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He is accused of always being the troublemaker; along with CJ, and is also said to go on rampages, attempting the impossible, and is always under the influence of some kind of drug. He is also the chatterbox of the group, and likes to comment on people's driving. CJ revealed on one mission that he was kicked out of high school because he beat up his teacher for wearing Ballas colors. Ryder claims that it was because he was too intelligent for school.

Later in the game it turns out he has been bribed by Frank Tenpenny to join the Loco Syndicate and thus drops the "homies for life" and becomes an enemy of the Grove Street Families. He persuades Carl Johnson to raid a National Guard armory and a stopped ammo train, and to steal from an old army colonel, obstensibly so that GSF could make a comeback in Los Santos. If the player fails to rob the colonel without making noise and the Colonel awakes, Ryder will abandon CJ to the colonel's wrath, and he says himself that he thought CJ would certainly die in the armory. After CJ and Sweet were arrested by the Los Santos Police Department, Ryder fled to San Fierro where Carl finally kills him in a boat chase (or with a precise shot from the pier).

Ryder bears a striking resemblance to the late rapper Eazy-E, wearing a black baseball cap and sporting a Jheri Curls hair style, while constantly seen with a pair of black outed sunglasses worn on occasions by Eazy-E. He also has a habit of calling CJ a "buster." The licence plate on Ryder's car says "Sherm".


Ryder was voiced by MC Eiht. "Hood Took Me Under", a song produced by Compton's Most Wanted, including member MC Eiht, is featured on Radio Los Santos and San Andreas's game soundtrack.

GTA: San Andreas Mission Appearances