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Hip-Hop Soundtracks

by BC on October 12, 2009

Remember the days before illegal internet downloads? What a glorious time. You had to buy an entire album just to get a couple songs. Where this really screwed me was with movie soundtracks. Most of these movies were no good, but they had a soundtrack that featured a song or two from Wu-Tang, which was enough to get me to bite.

I have numerous soundtracks that are mostly garbage, but there are some good songs in there. Today, I would just download the song I wanted on the internet, but I paid about 15 bucks a pop for a lot of filler, so I might as well share them with others. Most of these are from the mid-90’s and I have about 14 or so that I’ll be putting on here over the course of the next week or two.

The Great White Hype – 1996

I never bothered to see this movie. It looked awful and had Peter Berg playing an overhyped white boxer and Samuel L. Jackson as what appears to be a Don King type. Anyway, the soundtrack featured the songs below:

1) Movin’ On – DJ U-Neek – Eh. This song is pretty crappy listening to it now. I remember not minding it when I got the soundtrack, but the Annie Lennox (or Eurythmics) interpolation was stupid, although very common for songs in the mid to late 90’s.

2) Baller’s Lady – Passion feat. E-40 – Wow, this chick has the most annoying voice I have ever heard. This song is awful, straight garbage. Basically, the beat sounds like something from an E-40 LP in the 90’s, and some singer named Passion does an impression of someone trying out for American Idol that’s been told by her mother that her voice is angelic. It ain’t. E-40 kicks a verse and provides a bunch of ‘yeahs’ while Passion “sings”.

3) Shoot ‘Em Up – Bone Thugs and Harmony – Bone has always been hit or miss with me, and this track misses. It’s a mellow track with a generic beat from DJ U-Neek. Overall, this is a very bland song.

4) If It’s Alright With You – Cappadonna feat. U-God – Some WU. This song is a throw away song. I must say that I love Cappadonna claiming to be the black Idi Amin (sp?). That’s like me claiming to be the white Donnie Osmond. I think I’ve heard this claim before, I assume it must have been Cappadonna on a Wu track.

5) Who’s the Champion – Ghostface feat. Rza – Here’s the first song worth a damn on this album. Rza produced this track and it’s worth a listen.

6) Coolie High – Camp Lo – This song is on Camp Lo’s classic first album. Great song.

7) Running Song – Ambersunshower – This is one of those throw away r&b songs that always seemed to find themselves on hip-hop themed soundtracks. This song was produced by P.M. Dawn, so if that isn’t a reason for you to skip it, I don’t know what would be. Sounds like they pushed a couple buttons on a drum machine and mixed in a few other sounds; the type of r&b that I can’t stand. Sure, you have a lovely voice, but the music is junk.

8) Knocked Nekked (From the Waist Down) – Jamie Foxx feat. Dolemite – What a weird song. Let’s throw Dolemite on a crappy Jamie Foxx song. This must have been one of his first attempts at a music career. Why he is still allowed to make “music”, I have no idea. When I say menage a, you say trios! Genius.

9) We Got It – Premier – Some more God awful r&b. Whoever entered the info for this soundtrack listed this as being DJ Premier. It is not even close.

10) I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Lou Rawls feat. Biz Markie – Another weird pairing. All I know about Lou Rawls is that I saw your mother beatboxing for him in some bright red boxer drawers. This song is kind of okay.

11) Bring the Pain – Method Man – Great song, but you can get this from Meth’s first album, Tical. I feel like Tical already came out by the time this soundtrack did, but I’m not sure.

12) And I Love You – Marcus Miller – No idea who this guy is. Some more singing over an incredibly generic r&b beat.

13) Chicken Huntin’ (Slaughterhouse No Blood Radio Mix) – Wow, this is a steaming pile of crap. I had heard of ICP before, but I had never actually heard any of their music and I wish I never did after hearing this. This song is in the Guinness Book of World Records for using the word chicken more than any other song in the history of recorded music. Quite an accomplishment.

Sunset Park – 1996

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Another movie that I didn’t bother with. This one had Rhea Perlman as a coach of what I’m sure is either a rag tag bunch of kids, or a group of talented, yet troubled kids in some inner city school. Fredro from Onyx is in this movie as well.

1) High ‘Til I Die – 2Pac – Not sure if he had died by the time this came out. I’m not a huge fan of this song. I don’t think the beat is anything special, but it is Pac, so check it out.

2) Motherless Child – Ghostface featuring Raekwon – This is a solid Rza-produced song and one of the few decent songs on this soundtrack.

3) Just Doggin’ – The Dogg Pound – This song is okay. I don’t really like the beat produced by Daz. He used all the funk staples from the mid-90’s. I think you’ll know what I’m talking about. I can’t really explain what is making the sound (one is that high pitched squeal), but if we were listening to it, I could point out what I’m referring to.

4) Back at You – Mobb Deep – This song is serviceable. Nothing special, but not that bad.

5) Are You Ready – Aaliyah – Are you ready for some r&b? I hope so, because it starts right here with the late Aaliyah. She had songs that I liked, but this is pretty generic. It might be something for Aaliyah fans.

6) It’s Alright – Groove Theory – More r&b. Not good, never really heard of this group before.
7 )Elements I’m Among – Queen Latifah – I’ve never been a fan of the Queen, but this beat is decent (Easy Mo Bee).

8) Keep On, Keepin’ On – MC Lyte feat. Xscape – Lyte is definitely one of the best female MC’s ever, and just one of the top MC’s. This beat from Jermaine Dupri is pretty decent, but I could do w/o the crappy r&b hook. I hate when decent songs are ruined be r&b, usually it was K-Ci and Jojo in the 90’s.

9) Hoop N Yo Face – 69 Boyz feat Quad City DJ’s – This is what Southern rap sounded like before Lil’ John, et al. This song is straight garbage.

10) For the Funk – Adina Howard – Remember Adina Howard? I heard she’s a cop or something now. Freak Like Me was alright, I guess she was one of the early female artists that embraced her sexuality and didn’t mind
being a ho.

11) We Don’t Need It – Junior M.A.F.I.A – This song is okay I guess. Some fine, fine lyrics.

12) All Uv It – Big Mike – This is a pretty solid track. Worth a listen.

13) Things Changed – Onyx – Seeing as Fredro is in the movie, it makes sense that Onyx got on this LP. It’s an okay song.

14) Shorty’s Game – Sounds like this is from the score.

Street Fighter – 1994

I’ve seen bits and pieces of this on TV and the only thing worth noting is that it was Raul Julia’s last movie, which was unfortunate.

1) Street Fighter – Ice Cube – Obviously inspired by the movie, Cube raps about kicking ass and killing Chuck Norris and doing something to JCVD.

2) Come Widdit – Ahmad, Ras Kass and Saafir – I never did form an opinion of Ahmad before he disappeared. He had a hit, I can’t recall what it was, but I remember not being too into it. This is a pretty good track and Ras Kass and Saafir do a nice job.

3 ) One on One – Nas – I’m not a huge fan of this song, but it’s not too bad. It’s listenable, even w/ the r&b singer trying to ruin it.

4) Pandemonium – The Pharcyde – Man, I was a big Pharcyde fan and I like this song. It was quite a departure from Bizarre Ride, but would fit in on LabCabin.

5) Street Soldier – Paris – Real good, funky song from Paris.

6) Something Kind of Funky – Rally Ral – Not a fan of this track at all. Skip it.

7) It’s a Street Fight – The B.U.M.S – I put their album here in my first post. I believe this is the first song I ever heard from them and it’s a nice track. It’s another track basically talking about beating fools down, inspired by the game/movie.

8) Life As… – LL Cool J – I think they pulled this track from letter pressings of this album. My friend had this and it was missing this song and the Chuck D song. Rumor has it, Def Jam was not impressed with these 2 songs, so they had them removed. Not sure if that’s true, but they aren’t very good songs, so it would make sense.

9) Do You Have What it Takes? – Craig Mack – Ahhhhhh! (my Craig Mack impression) This is a decent song and he mentions a bunch of the characters.

10) Straight to My Feet – Hammer and Deion Sanders – What is that I hear? Oh, that was you vomiting at the mere mention of this song. I believe that is the correct response.

11) Rumbo N Da Jungo – Chuck D introducing The Wreck League – Lovely spelling, very clever. Chuck D produced this and I like the beat, but the lyrics aren’t much. They never wrecked things in the 9-5, as I never heard of The Wreck League again after this song. I think the third dude on this song has some form of tourettes.

12) Rap Commando – Anotha Level – This is a decent song from a group (I think?) that I know absolutely nothing about.

13) Worth Fighting For – Angelique Kidjo – Weird song that sounds like it is trapped somewhere in 1987 with a little African vibe mixed in for good measure. Kind of sounds like the score for The Fifth Element.

14) Something There – Chage & Aska – Who? I don’t know what this is either, but it also sounds like it’s from the 80’s. These guys must have known the producer of this soundtrack or something.

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pan21897 October 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

"One on One" is probably the best Nas song that people haven't heard of. I got the Street Fighter soundtrack just for this song.

BC October 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm

It's a decent song and I always liked when a song on a soundtrack was only on that soundtrack and not on the artist's LP. It made it seem worth it to buy the soundtrack.

Commish CH October 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

First time Ive ever seen Idi Amin and Donny Osmond mentioned in the same room. Ruthless butcher dictator and safe pop 70s pin up. Well done.

Anonymous October 13, 2009 at 3:10 am

What I don't understand is why the author said "He is never heard of Grove Theory". Members are Amel Larrieux and former Mantronix member Byrce Wilson who dropped one of the biggest RnB singles in the mid 90's "Tell Me". Look it up and you will remember.

BC October 13, 2009 at 3:38 am

I feel like you proved my point. :) Unfortunately, I can't know every single song and artist from the 90's. Hell, I don't even know every hip-hop artist from the 90's, and I like that genre.

I'll have to look it up and take a listen.

SOC4L October 13, 2009 at 5:44 am

anotha level is a west coast group that i believed was ice cube's attempt to make a pharcyde-type group and they released at least one album (on anotha level i think it was called) that is pretty good nothing great but not a bad listen

MORT October 13, 2009 at 6:45 am

Sunset Park is a decent soundtrack. That Big Mike joint is hard as nails and both the Dogg Pound and Pac tracks are great

But the real gem is Mobb Deeps "Back At You" (as good as anything found on Hell On Earth)

soul searcher October 13, 2009 at 3:35 pm

ahmad's hit was "back in the day" with the teddy pendergrass sample. it was a jam.

Ahmad killed it on Come Widdit, that was what made a lot of people realize he was an ill emcee. always wondered why golden state warriors essentially because this song's lineup with xzibit subbing for ahmad. also wonder what ahmad is up to. 4th avenue jones was on interscope for a minute and he's still ferocious. guess he needs better management. i second the comment about anotha level ebing a pharcyde clone. there were LOTS of those in the 90s, some better than others.

i'm also surprised you never heard of groove theory. not rememebering their hit is one thing, but never hearing about them at all and you were listening to urban music in the 90s? crazy. i guess they weren't super-huge, but tell me was all over the radio and amel went on to make great solo tunes.

Irons Kill Lions October 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Bring The Pain being on the GWH soundtrack makes some sense, as the over-the-hill champ played by one of the Wayans brothers gets led into the ring by Meth, performing that song. Probably the highlight of what is otherwise a pretty mediocre film.

BC October 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm

SOC4L – That rings a bell. The name sounded familiar, but I obviously didn't try to look them up. Thanks for the info.

SS – I guess I'll have to check for that Tell Me song. It might sound familiar if I listen to it. I'm not a big R&B guy, so I wasn't really checking for that stuff. Sometimes you hear a song a lot and you never bother to find out the artist's name for whatever reason.

I have a few more soundtracks to post, and some real good ones coming up, so keep an eye out for those.

dfacedxa October 16, 2009 at 5:14 am

i cant believe that you said this "Back at You – Mobb Deep – This song is serviceable. Nothing special, but not that bad." about that mobb deep song. that is one of my favorite mobb songs ever. i got the single of it off the soundtrack with queen latifah on the other side. that joint is classic to me.

but my main reason for commenting was to give props for the whole soundtrack series. i miss the dope soundtracks! you should throw the dont be a menace soundtrack up if you do another part.

BC October 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm

@dfacedxa – I'll give it another listen. I don't remember liking it that much when I got the LP, and I gave it a listen recently on some awesome laptop speakers, which don't exactly do music justice. But, I know it's sacriledge(sp?), I was never a huge Mobb Deep guy. I have Hell on Earth, and liked that, but never really got into them. Not sure why.

Thanks for the props. I have some more coming up, ones that I think are real good. I don't have that Don't Be a Menace though. I searched for it on amazon and found it funny that the 'customers who bought this' feature basically listed the soundtracks I posted, or am going to post. It might have been the only 1 that I missed in the 90's.

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