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Rappers Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Deaths

Death isn't too far from some of these artists with their inner city beginnings, but when it caught them, the aftermath left fans shocked despite their premonitions. Check out Rappers Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Death.

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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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New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
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Menace II Society (1993) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

The Hughes Brothers' debut was a benchmark for hip-hop movies thanks to its unforgiving, utterly gritty portrait of street-gangster life. Its soundtrack exuded similar authenticity, opening and closing with Spice 1’s 'Ni--a Gots No

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
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Krush Groove (1985) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

Although 'Wild Style' is another “dawn of hip-hop” entry we considered, its overall quality couldn’t compare to the music from this film, which offered a fictional chronicle of Def Jam Records’ early days

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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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Universal Pictures
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CB4 (1993) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

Despite its vigorous takedown of music-industry politics and an artist’s journey that presages comedy biopics like 'Walk Hard' by decades, 'CB4' managed to attract some heavyweight talent for its soundtrack, starting with Boogie Down Productions. T

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Fox Searchlight
Fox Searchlight
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Brown Sugar (2002) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks Ever

Rick Famuyiwa’s 'Brown Sugar' is about two characters’ lifelong love of hip-hop, so it stands to reason that its soundtrack captures the essence of what makes hip-hop great. Erykah Badu’s team-up wi

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New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
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Above the Rim (1994) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks Ever

Despite the charismatic presence of Tupac Shakur as its villain, 'Above the Rim' is not an especially memorable movie – with the exception of its soundtrack. As the initial destination for SWV’s remix of 'Anything' featuring

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New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
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House Party 2 (1991) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

It’s funny and not altogether inappropriate that most audiences associate Kid 'N' Play with their movies rather than their music, but their cuts on their own soundtracks, in particular 'House Party 2' evidenced that they were as gifted on the mike as on screen. 'Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody' is still the jam if you’re trying to

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