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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 the Wu-Tang Clan, its place in the hip-hop soundtrack firmament is guarante…
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...
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…
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, including Cube’s title track, a standard for West Coast radio stations anticipating the weekend, Cypress Hill’…
Judgment Night (1993) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks
This is another instance of a movie being much more easily ignored or forgotten than its soundtrack.
Admittedly, this one had a gimmick – combining rap and rock – but in retrospect it feels like the gateway for a whole generation of rock fans to discover the pleasures of hip-hop...
Fresh (1994) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks
Writer-director Boaz Yakin’s debut offers an incredibly powerful portrait of a child being forced to grow up before he’s ready, but the film’s soundtrack captures an important moment between the past and what would become the future of hip-hop...
Deep Cover (1992) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks
The 'Deep Cover' compilation is eclectic in nuanced ways that distinguish it from other soundtracks while creating a surprisingly cohesive group of songs. Shabba Ranks's 'Mr. Loverman' was and is a great dancehall track, but Po’ Broke & Lonely&CloseCu…

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