Okay, here’s round 4. The two albums listed below are probably 2 of my favorite hip-hop soundtracks. I have one more soundtrack post with another 2 great soundtracks and then I’m cashed on the soundtracks.
Who’s the Man? – 1993
One thing I remember when this movie came out is Siskel and Ebert giving it 2 thumbs up. They praised the chemistry of Ed and Dre and their writing skills and hoped they would do more in the future. Unfortunately, they never really did, but this was a good movie, and for those of us into hip-hop in the mid-90’s, it featured a who’s who of rapper cameos.
This is one of my all time favorite soundtracks. Pretty much every hip-hop track on this album was a banger and would now be considered a classic. If you don’t have this, or lost it, take advantage and check this out.
1) Party and Bullshit – The Notorious B.I.G. – This is a phenomenal song and I think the first Biggie song that I heard (all Biggie, not appearances). There are so many quotable lines on this song as well, from “Can I bring my gat? If not, I hope I don’t get shot.” to “Said he had beef, asked me if I had my piece. Sure do, two 22’s in my shoes.” Man, just the whole song really.
2) Let’s Go Through the Motions – Jodeci – Jodeci is one of those r&b groups that I really liked. This is a nice track from them.
3) What’s Next on the Menu? – Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Another great track.
4) You Don’t Have to Worry – Mary J. Blige – This is a song you might like to have.
5) Hittin’ Switches – Erick Sermon – Again, a great song. I remember not really knowing what to think of this song when I got this LP. It took a week or two for me to get into it, but when I did I was all over it.
6) Hotness – Heavy D & Buju Banton – I like this song and I used to like Buju Banton, but lost track of him the last 6-7 years or so. I did recently read that he had a show canceled because he has homophobic lyrics and people protested I guess.
7) Who’s the Man? – House of Pain – I remember that this was a big premiere on Yo! MTV Raps, for the obvious reason (Ed Lover and Doctor Dre’s movie for those that might not know). I love this song.
8) Lovin’ You – Crystal J. Johnson – Junk.
9) Pimp or Die – Father MC – I never like Father MC, but I liked this song. I wouldn’t say it’s great, but it’s a good song. This must have been his attempt at becoming a little more hard, as he was always on some r&b rap stuff. This was the last I heard of him really.
10) Hello It’s Me – Spark 950 & Timbo King – This is probably the weakest of the hip-hop tracks on here, but it’s decent. To this day, I still say Hello, Hello, Hello, It’s Me, It’s Me, It’s Me. Sometimes I insert my name at the end instead of Timbo’s.
11) Ease Up – 3rd Eye – “You want some more flavor? Go buy the album.” I would have, had there been an album. I’m pretty sure he never released an album on Bad Boy, but correct me if I’m wrong. He’s done some producing over the years and produced What U See Is What You get from Xzibit, which is one of my favorite videos ever, and the album (40 Dayz & 40 Nightz) is one of my favorites as well. Anyway, I’ve always dug this song and wish he did come with the 94 flavor.
Juice – 1992
This is still a great movie and as most people know, it starred Omar Epps (now on House) and Tupac Shakur. It also starred the chubby kid that cried in Lean on Me, and he lets out a good sob in this movie as well, so if you need someone to cry on camera, look dude up.
This is also one of my favorite soundtracks. There are a lot of classic tracks on here and, again, there’s some r&b filler, but the rap tracks on here make up for that. Because of this movie, I got a nickname in high school based on Omar Epp’s character, GQ.
1) Uptown Anthem – Naughty by Nature – Lets start this off with some r&b, oh damn, that’s Naughty. Naughty By Nature at the top of their game right here. Wouldn’t you like to be chillin’ with a titty feelin’ villain like Vinnie?
2) Juice (Know the Ledge) – Eric B. & Rakim – That bass line lets you know what’s coming. This is a phenomenal song with some great scratching, which is always a plus in my book.
3) Is It Good to You – Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas – I think this song is here to give you a rest for the next 4 great songs.
4) Sex, Money & Murder – MC Pooh – Wait a minute? Can Pooh Man and Too Short be on the same soundtrack? Doesn’t that mess with the space time continuum or something? I’ll check with Stephen Hawking. Pooh Man was always called a Too Short clone, but he had some skills (and he did sound a bit like Too Short). This is a nice song.
5) Nuff Respect – Big Daddy Kane – Enter the dragon, as I start… You lost me Kane, something about the bandwagon. I dig this song, and it was always nice when Kane went hard and left the r&b to others.
6) So You Want to Be a Gangster – Too Short – Nice song from Short Dog.
7) It’s Going Down – EPMD – One of my all-time favorite groups. No moon walking backwards like Michael Jackson, just a damn good song.
8) Don’t Be Afraid – Aaron Hall – I used to get Hall and R. Kelly mixed up back in the day. They both had albums out at the same time, and I think both were their debuts. Well, Aaron Hall disappeared and R. Kelly still makes music when he’s not relieving himself on people and spending time in a court room. Well, this song from the former member of Guy is okay, but not anything I would want to listen to on a regular basis.
9) He’s Gamin’ on Ya’ – Salt-n-Pepa – The best part of this song is at the end when you get to hear Salt, or Pep, swear.
10) Shoot ‘Em Up – Cypress Hill – Great song and a nice beat from Muggs.
11) Flipside – Juvenile Committee – I used to like this song for some reason. It doesn’t hold up at all.
12) What Could Be Better Bitch – Son of Bazerk – I like this song, but I never owned anything from Bazerk, but always kind of liked the music. I think I got an album, or two from WYDU in the past.
13) Does Your Man Know About Me – Rahiem – Download this album and delete this song from your library.
14) People Get Ready – Brand New Heavies & N’Dea Davenport – Brand New Heavies are pretty damn dope. Funky little song.