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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, a…
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...
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…
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...

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