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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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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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Universal Pictures
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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TriStar Pictures
TriStar Pictures
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High School High (1996) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

A spoof of inner-city teen dramas that predated the incessant “Movie” movies that now pass for parodies, this Jon Lovitz vehicle was a mixed bag at best as an original or imitation comedy. But its soundtrack feels like the greatest compilation of b-sides hip-hop fans never heard, from RZA’s 'Wu-Wear: The Garm

New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
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Friday (1995) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

'Keep Their Heads Ringin’' is indisputably the standout track on the soundtrack to the biggest hood comedy of all time, 'Friday.' But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a number of great songs, includ

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