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Hip-Hop Soundtracks Pt. 2

by BC on October 14, 2009

Here are some more soundtracks from the 90’s for you. I am saving some of the best for last, so I’ll be getting those up in the next couple posts I get up, but there’s some good stuff here as well.

Friday – 1995

I don’t think I have to say a lot about this movie. Most hip-hop heads have seen this movie and know that it’s a classic to us. The movie was written by Ice Cube and DJ Pooh, who became one of the many people to be closely affiliated with Cube to end up feeling shafted in some way by him (i.e. Kam, King Sun, Da Lench Mob, et al). This is a pretty solid soundtrack that mixes new songs (at the time) and some classic r&b/funk.

1) Friday – Ice Cube – A great song that contains quite a few commonly used funk samples.

2) Keep Their Heads Ringin’ – Dr. Dre – Dre and Cube patched things up and Dre provided this head nodder. Hey you, sitting over there, you better get on out of your chair.

3) Friday Night – Scarface – A funky track from Face. There’s another dude on this track too and if I ever knew who it was at one time, it escapes me now.

4) Lettin’ Niggas Know – Threat – Threat made a few small waves in the mid-90’s and I like this track. I’m not too familiar with his career and he has one of those names that makes it hard to search the web for more information. One thing I did learn is that rapper Asher Roth apparently helped foil a bomb threat. That’s what I got for searching Threat and rapper. For some reason, I think of him and Mista Grimm as having similar careers that just never quite took off.

5) Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up – Cypress Hill – A bit of a departure for Cypress, as they didn’t usually talk too much about smoking weed usually. This song is okay, but I always found it hard to listen to songs that were exclusively about weed. Yeah, I know the movie has a large weed plotline.

6) Take A Hit – Mack 10 – This is a Cube produced track and it’s pretty solid. I can’t place the sample, and for some reason, it isn’t listed in the liner notes.

7) Tryin’ To See Another Day – The Isley Brothers – Not my thing.

8) You Got Me Wide Open – Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell – A blah song produced by Cube and Bootsy.

9) Mary Jane – Rick James – Classis Rick James song that I assume is about a lovely lady named Mary.

10) I Wanna Get Next To You – Rose Royce – Love this song.

11) Superhoes – Funkdoobiest – Hey, it’s that group with that dude that did that porno, Sun Doobie. You’ll have to ask Eminem about the acting ability of Mr. Doobie. Decent song and I always liked his unique flow. I think he’s making albums in Canada w/ Battle Axe these days.

12) Coast II Coast – Tha Alkaholiks – This was the name of the Liks’ second LP, but this song is only on here. It’s not one of their best, but solid, from one of my favorite groups.

13) Blast If I Have To – E-A-Ski – Kind of a generic West coast track.

14) Hoochie Mama – 2 Live Crew – Big booty ho’s hop wit it!!! Pure crap. But, play it for your friends and have a laugh.

15) I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Roger – Not sure if they made this for the soundtrack, or if this was around before. Pretty crappy cover if you ask me. It would fit in today w/ all of the auto tune we have going on now.

Overall, I think this is a solid soundtrack and one of the ones I’m glad I purchased.

High School High – 1996

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I never saw this movie and I never once thought about ever seeing it. Sorry, Jon Lovitz. This soundtrack is a mix of hip-hop and r&b, so there’s some filler.

1) So Many Ways – The Braxtons – You might like it. I don’t.

2) I Got Somebody Else – Changing Faces – Okay, EPMD used this sample as well, but I can’t place what song. Help me out if you know.

3) Wu-Wear: The Garment Renaissance – Rza feat. Method Man and Cappadonna – My favorite song about a line of clothing with a list of preservatives.

4) Get Down For Mine – Real Live – Another EPMD used sample, this time I know what it is, Manslaughter. I don’t know anything about this group, or person, but I would rather listen to EPMD. This song gets some points for the scratching though; I can never get enough scratching. I wish more artists would feature a DJ cutting it up.

5) I Just Can’t – Faith Evans – This song is okay.

6) Your Precious Love – D’Angelo and Erykah Badu – An Ashford and Simpson cover. It’s not great.

7) The Rap World – Large Professor and Pete Rock – Nice song, even with Pete Rock on the mic.

8) Queen Bitch – Lil’ Kim – Hey, it’s Lil’ Kim before she looked like a plastic doll. I’d have to say she’s my favorite Lil’ next to Fame, but it’s a really big drop off.

9) Why You Wanna Funk? – Spice 1 feat. E-40 and The Click – I feel like for every 1 artist that was doing some great things with funk in the 90’s, there were another 10 that were butchering it. This song falls in the butchering category.

10) I Can’t Call It –De La Soul – Nice track from De La. I haven’t listened to this in quite some time, but I’m going to be adding it to my rotation again.

11) Bohemian Rhapsody – The Braids – I always dug this cover of the Queen hit. I know this group had an album sometime after this soundtrack came out, but I don’t think it did much, and I haven’t heard much of them since. By much of, I mean nothing.

12) High School Rock – KRS One – This is a pretty dope track from the Blastmaster with a Rakim sample as the hook.

13) Peace, Prosperity and Paper – A Tribe Called Quest – Never heard of them. I like this song and wish this group made an album. That’s a joke, yo.

14) Wild Side – Jodeci – I liked Jodeci a lot. I just hated when K-Ci and Jojo sang all over every rap chorus in the 90’s. If you liked Jodeci, you will like this song.

15) The Ultimate – The Artifacts – This is a great song and it’s on their second (last) album.

16) The Next Spot – Sadat X and Grand Puba – This is another song worth your time, so download this and check it out if you don’t have it.

17) Skrilla – Scarface and Facemob – This is a nice song, I’m not really feeling the chorus, but it’s solid. The little De La interpolation in there i
s nice. I’m not too familiar with him to be honest, but I think Devin the Dude is in there, as part of Facemob.

18) Semi-Automatic: Full Rap Metal Jacket – Inspectah Deck, U-God and Street – I always loved this beat. It’s definitely something you can pin on Rza, that’s for sure. Nice song.

19) The Good, the Bad and the Desolate – The Roots – There’s not much too special about this track, but it’s good. I never really liked the reggae dude over the chorus.

20) C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train), Pt. 2 – Quad City DJ’s – These guys sure made some junk. For some reason they were able to get some songs tagged on the end of soundtracks. I really don’t think a sequel was necessary. A prequel on the other hand, might have been refreshing, as I would love to know what the Quad City DJ’s were doing before they rode the train.

Overall, I think this is an average soundtrack. There are some songs worth checking out and some filler you don’t need. This is pretty standard for a lot of these soundtracks.

Menace II Society – 1993

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I loved this movie, although it’s been a while since I’ve seen it. It came out after Boyz N the Hood, but I liked it more. For those that might not know, Pac was supposed to be in this movie, but was dropped for some reason. So, in true Pac fashion, he had some associates beat down the Hughes brothers, who ended up suing Mr. Shakur.

1)Nigga Gots No Heart – Spice 1 – Not a bad song, nice and mellow. Spice 1 never had the tightest flow, but this is a good song.

2) Streight Up Menace – MC Eiht – Jeah. He really overused his jeahs. This is a good song, again real mellow, but I like the orchestral-type sample/beat. I think he had a small role in the movie as well.

3) Packin’ a Gun – Ant Banks – This isn’t my favorite track, but it’s listenable.

4) Top of the World – Kenya Gruv – Not really my cup of tea.

5) Only the Strong Survive – Too Short – Beeeeyotch! Not a bad song, but not one of my favs.

6) All Over a Ho – Mz. Kilo – I can tolerate this song. She was in the same mold as Bo$$, who ended up getting her second LP shelved because she was CB4ing it. I couldn’t find much on Mz. Kilo though.

7) Guerillas Ain’t Gangstas – Da Lench Mob – I always liked this song and I think Lench Mob fans would enjoy this track. Don’t worry, no Maulkie on here.

8) You Been Played – Smooth – I always enjoyed this song. I think this is one of the best tracks on here, but I’m sure a lot of people would disagree. I remember hearing a few other songs from Smooth and I wasn’t impressed.

9) Lick Dem Muthaphuckas – Brand Nubian – A little East coast rap here. I like this song and you should check it out.

10) Death Becomes You – Pete Rock and CL Smooth w/ YG’z – NY again. I definitely skew to the East, but I’m an equal opportunity listener. Anyway, this is a nice song.

11) Unconditional Love – The Hi-Fives – Generic r&b for that ass!

12) ‘P’ is Still Free – Boogie Down Productions – We’re in a little East side run here. Pretty dope track.

13) Stop Lookin’ At Me – Cutthroats – Man, I forgot about this song, as far as I can remember, these guys were Onyx-like and affiliated w/ Guru.

14) Pocket Full of Stones – UGK – Mellow track. I was never a UGK fan, so feel free to savage me.

15) Can’t Fuck Wit a Nigga – DJ Quik – I was never a Quik fan either. I did enjoy Quik dissing Everlast by saying he looked like a woman, this coming from the skinny dude with jheri curls. I don’t remember who started this beef, I think it may have been Everlast on the Legend single, but I think this came out first, so maybe this was the start of it.

16) Trigga Gots No Heart – Spice 1 – See track 1.

I enjoyed this soundtrack at the time it came out and it really fit in with the film. They packed the album with a plethora of West coast artists and smattering of East coast and Southern artists. How’s that for mastering the English language? I think this is definitely worth having.

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Commish CH October 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm

A few things this nice list jingled in my brew-laden mind:

-Wasnt the Friday song the start of the Cube v Cypress beef? Something along the line of that track was supposed to be a Cypress Hill song?

-Either BET or MTV banned Wu Wear because it is basically a comercial for their clothing line.

-Smooth was a pretty nice dime piece back in 9-3.

Smut October 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

son doobie ain`t in Canada no more :) u should really check Funkdoobiest new album called The Golden B-Boys. They reunited to make another funky album with their unique touch.

Travis October 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Owned and enjoyed all three of these, especially Menace.

@Commish, you're right, if I remember Beef right, he stole the hook or some shit like that.

BC October 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Man, what is it with Cube and stealing tracks/hooks? King Sun said he stole Wicked from him. I like Cube, but it seems like every other person associated w/ him ends up beefing with him over something.

I do remember something like that w/ the Wu wear song.

Smut – Might have to take a look for that.

todddale4 October 15, 2009 at 12:32 am

FYI…."Your Precious Love" by D'Angelo & E Badu was a cover of a Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell song.

BC October 15, 2009 at 2:58 am

Todd – My bad, I was going by the songwriters and not performers.

taeOne October 16, 2009 at 8:42 pm

high school high stayed in rotation but lol at Quad City DJ’s. i fucking hated that stuff

WYDU October 16, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Ahh, the Summer of 96, I remember playing High School High a lot that summer. I used to work at a college bar as a bouncer/bartender and they would play that Quad City song three to four times a night. I got to where I actually liked the song. I have the Quad City CD somewhere, but that is the only "good" song on it.

Travis October 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

that was me ^^^, forgot I was logged in with the other gmail account

Anonymous October 17, 2009 at 12:02 am

why you say spice 1 doesnt have a nice flow? he def has one of the best flows outta the west for sure.

jrrider October 17, 2009 at 5:29 am

So many holes in these reviews where to start

Lol @ Cypress Hill never talking about weed before. You better check your research on that bro: B-real light another

And actually Everlast bodied Quik on Im a swing from Same as it ever was: Runnin' round like you been to jail son / but you hit the swap meet to get your hair and your nails done. Classic!! Everlast was rhyming with the Rhyme $yndicate long before Quik ever hit the scene.

And yes Lench Mob fans did enjoy Guerillas ain't gangstas. J-dee Dissed Dre and Snoop for talking shit on Dre Day: On a street knowledge mission / man you bustas is wishing'

And if you are going to keep writing these 90's columns I suggest you listen to Real Live – the Turnaround. K-def and Larry O be on some real live shit. It's an incredibly produced album. Shit Trav had K-def's beat album posted at the top of this blog for a quite a while.

Looks like it's back to the lab for you dude.

Travis October 17, 2009 at 6:23 am

JR, obviously the whole Tony Romo thing gotcha on pins and needles. I'm not a gambling man, but I'm willing to bet (and I do know BC's history, he's almost as old, read: ancient, as I am and was around for Cypress) that BC was being extremely sarcastic about the Cypress comment

To be fair, when I originally read about the Everlast dis track by Quik, I was racking my brains on which came first, the Menace track or Everlast's track. I had myself convinced that the Quik's track was first, until you co-signed on Everlast doing his thing first, so you are right. Still won't hold it on BC.

BUT, not knowing about Real Live aka Larry O and K-Def, I say we tar and feather his punk ass!!! Or at least assign him with some homework over the weekend

BC October 17, 2009 at 8:50 am

I assumed that my comment regarding Cypress and weed was so ridiculous that people would recognize the sarcasm. Thanks for backing me up Trav.

I said I liked the Lench Mob song, so I don't know where the disconnect is there. And, I was a Lench Mob fan.

I was hoping someone would refresh my memory on the Everlast/Quik beef. Yes, I remember that track. (I probably should have added Same As It Ever Was as one of my underrated LPs of the 90's.) That is probably one of my favorite LPs of all time, but Menace came out in 93 and HOP's 2nd LP came out in 94 (maybe I'm A Swing It came out in 93?). I'm also familiar w/ The Rhyme Syndicate, but don't know how much earlier Everlast released an LP than Quik. Maybe a year earlier, but not this giant gap that you're refering to. Huge Everlast fan, huge. Never liked Quik, even before that beef. Always been on the side of Everlast on any beef, unless he starts beefing w/ my mom. Then he's on his own.

I am familiar with K-Def obviously, but I don't remember Real Live. Even God doesn't know everything (Is that a saying?).

Regarding the anonymous comment, to each his own on Spiggedy 1. But, really, as far as having a tight, concise flow, no. That doesn't mean he sucks (I didn't say that), but listen to Pac, Biggie, Rakim, BDK, KRS and tell me he doesn't trip over his flow, where others sound more polished. Maybe I'm not explaining myself correctly, or maybe we just don't agree on Spice 1, which is objective anyway. Which is cool.

And, yes, I am old. :)

I am keeping an eye out for you tar and feathering bastards!!! But, I think I should get a pass, since you said you liked Ride the Train.

jrrider October 18, 2009 at 1:33 am

I will say that DJ Quik – Quik is the name is in the top 10 west coast albums of all-time (everlast diss aside).

And I was hoping you were fucking around about Cypress. wtf

But you still get Homework with:
Real live – Tha Turnaround:

and Threat- sickinthahead:

We need to see reviews for both of these up next week (put the tar away Trav)

And yes BC you get a 90's pass for not bumping that wackass Quad City Djs track (shame on you Trav) and
for saying that Same as it ever was, was one of best hip hop albums of all time. Well said, that album was my soundtrack for many years. Study up and I will check back in next week man.

As for Trav nothing shocks me with you, your're a Squeeler fan for gods sake. But the Train? Come on guy? And leave my Boys alone. We got a bye week this week so I can't lose baby. Im cool as a cucumber. Late

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