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WYDU @ The Movies: Part Three

by Travis on December 11, 2006

Back to the movie soundtracks and a big thanks to WC at for the use of the links. Saves me the time of uploading this stuff and since it’s finals week, I’m going to need all the help I can get (hint hint other contributors). The one bad thing with movie soundtracks is that most of the GOOD ones are already easily found on the internet, which is something I try to avoid, BUT, we’ll keep it going, mainly because it doesn’t require much thought or writing on my part.

Today’s two OST’s are from movies I’m sure anyone reading this blog has seen, which means you probably already own the soundtracks, but if you don’t, you need to grab these.

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

01. How To Survive In South Central – Ice Cube
02. Just Ask Me To – Tevin Campbell
03. Mama Don’t Take No Mess – Yo-Yo
04. Growin’ Up In The Hood – Comptons’ Most Wanted
05. Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball (Remix) – Main Source
06. Me & You – Tony! Toni! Tone’!
07. Work It Out – Monie Love
08. Every Single Weekend – Kam
09. Too Young – Hi-Five
10. Hangin’ Out – 2 Live Crew
11. It’s Your Life – Too Short
12. Spirit (Does Anybody Care?) – Force One Network
13. Setembro – Quincy Jones
14. Black On Black Crime – Stanley Clarke

Honestly, who hasn’t seen this movie? I actually wish I had more time to write about this movie, because I think it plays a big part in promoting the west coast culture to white suburban America in the early 90′s. I know it personally promoted my interest in the gang culture and the such during the time, so I know it influenced more snot nosed white kids than just me.

Personally, I’ve never been one to blindly follow every fad that pops up on the scene like a little lost lamb, but there are a lot of people out there who can’t think for themselves, thus following a culture that they have no clue about (I mean look at hip hop as it is now). At the time this movie was out, I was living in a predominately medium sized (that’s being generous) white town. Between this movie coming on the scene and the already budding scene of “gangsta/reality rap”, I had to deal with more little white “gang banger wannabe’s” than I ever wanted to endure. They embraced something they had no idea what it was they were trying to emulate, but they just wanted to be down. These were usually the same kids that would go into the grunge faze a couple years later. This is about the time, I noticed a lot of people can’t or won’t think for themselves.

Okay, I guess that rant is kind of off the beaten track. This movie was critically acclaimed at the time. Produced by John Singleton, it introduced suburban America to the west coast gang lifestyle. It’s a reality that is harsh, yet candid in it’s coverage of the poor areas in the west. It captured characters such as Doughboy and Trey in the light that everybody could relate to, not just the citizen of South L.A. In some ways, it was almost a documentary than a movie. There are thousands of real life “Boyz N The Hood” out here (I’m not going to lie and pretend I’m some sort of authority on inner city struggles).

I actually saw the movie twice in the theatres and have always owned the movie in some sort of form. As far as the soundtrack goes, I’ve always enjoyed it. “How To Survive…” is classic Cube during this era. Rough, rugged and in your face lyrics and a killer beat to layer on top of it. “Growin’ Up In The Hood”, really propelled CMW into that upper class of west coast artists during the time. Main Source grabbed my attention with “Friendly Game…” and even the R&B joints grabbed my attention at the time. If you don’t have it, grab it.

Juice (1992)

01. Uptown Anthem
02. Juice (know The Ledge)
03. Is It Good To You
04. Sex, Money & Murder
05. Nuff’ Respect 06. So You Want To Be A Gangster
07. It’s Going Down
08. Don’t Be Afraid
09. He’s Gamin’ On Ya’
10. Shoot’ em Up
11. Flipside
12. What could Be Better Bitch
13. Does Your Man Know About Me
14. People Get Ready (Remix)

Another movie that any self respecting suburbanite/part-time thug should have seen by now and if you haven’t, please leave your complimentary suburban ghetto pass at the exit and go find a country music blog to harass. I wouldn’t call it an east coast version of “Boyz N The Hood” as I’ve seen some morons call it, while “Boyz..” has documentary qualities to it, “Juice” is more of an urban thriller than it is preachy or documenting. Then again, I’m more familar with the west way of things, so I don’t know, maybe there are more “Bishops” on the east coast.

This was Tupac Shakur’s big break. Most of my friends were not aware that “Bishop” had an album out when this movie dropped. I think the roll made fans and critics alike realize Pac’s alluring demeanor and his enigmatic tendecies that would all roll together to create Hip Hop’s “Jimi Henderix/Malcolm X”. Omar Epps also did a fine job in his roll as Pac’s nemies/friend. The movie did have it’s plot problems, but still a movie I break out anytime I have a 40 of OE.

The soundtrack is probably my favorite soundtrack. Naughty by Nature has arguably their best song in their catalouge on this OST (at least it doesn’t make me want to smash my head into a brick wall after hearing for the millionith time like a couple of their popular tracks). Rakim drops “Know The Ledge” which is dope as fuck (peep Ghost’s rendition on the “More Fish” LP). With EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Cypress Hill & WYDU favorite Son of Bazerk, why wouldn’t you own this already?

Alright, not the most rarest of joints out there, but it is what it is. I have to try to get a term paper done in three hours, should be rather interesting. If anyone has a paper on Global Climate Change effect on El Nino, please email me a copy in the next three hours, otherwise, I’m going to have to crank this bad boy out rather quickly. I knew I should have been a journalism major.

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