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Paramount Pictures/ Fox Searchlight/ Miramax Films
Paramount Pictures/ Fox Searchlight/ Miramax Films
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17 Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks Ever

During the Blaxploitation era, soundtracks were often more important than the movies they accompanied: Though 'Shaft' remains a classic portrait of black empowerment, it’s inseparable from Isaac Hayes’ theme song, and more people have heard Curtis Mayfield’s 'Pusherman' and 'Superfly' than ever saw the movie for which they were created

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Columbia Pictures/ Universal Pictures/ Newmarket Films/ Paramount Pictures
Columbia Pictures/ Universal Pictures/ Newmarket Films/ Paramount Pictures
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15 Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

For fans of hip-hop, a rapper making the transition into acting comes as little surprise since virtually every aspect of his or her behavior on record, and on stage, qualifies as a something of a theatrical performance

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
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New Jack City (1991) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

A movie that retains its quotability decades later (“I want to shoot you so bad my d--k is hard!”) if not necessarily its dramatic heft, Mario Van Peebles’s portrait of a drug dealer squaring off against DEA agents offers a welcome rejoinder to the drug dealers and pimps filmmakers made into counterculture heroes during the Blaxploitation era

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Interscope Records
Interscope Records
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Murder Was the Case (1994) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

In all honesty, I’ve still never seen the short film that used this in part as its soundtrack. But as a follow-up to Snoop Doggy Dogg’s massively–popular 'Doggystyle,' it offers an amazing snapshot of Dr. Dre at the peak of his talents, rounding up his golden boy and the ensemble

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Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures
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Juice (1992) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

Unlike many of the movies that were released around the same time focusing on “urban” stories, Ernest Dickerson’s directorial debut holds up remarkably well, thanks to great performances, a story that resonates with specificity without seeming too dated, and of course its incredible soundtrack

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