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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...

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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, including Cube’s title track, a standard for West Coast radio stations anticipating the weekend, Cypress Hill’s 'Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up,' featuring vintage DJ Muggs production, and Funkdoobiest’s 'Superhoes...

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Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures
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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...

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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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New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
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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...

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Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures
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Bad Boys II (2003) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

'Bad Boys II' may be Michael Bay’s most polarizing film, thanks to its convoluted story and unrelenting action. But as the first release under Bad Boy Entertainment’s then-new partnership with Universal, the label’s impresario pulled out all of the stops to create an indisputably great record loaded with killer tracks...

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Gramercy/ Universal Pictures
Gramercy/ Universal Pictures
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New Jersey Drive (1995) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

Another movie woefully (if maybe deservedly) obscured by the greatness of its soundtrack, 'New Jersey Drive' unfolds like a who’s who of hip-hop in 1995 that is indispensable to any fan of the genre...

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Screen Gems
Screen Gems
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Stomp The Yard (2006) – Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks

Dance movies often attract high-profile talent, and if we were awarding film series as a whole for their soundtracks, then 'Step Up' would certainly make this list...

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Eric Benet – Artists Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won a Grammy

Crooners Babyface, Usher and John Legend have all won Grammys for the R&B genre. However, after four nominations, Eric Benet has yet to join this group of winners. Si...

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Bob Marley Nas Eric Benet
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Snoop Dogg – Artists Who Surprisingly Haven’t Won a Grammy

Although it may seem that Snoop Dogg wouldn't necessarily be an artist the Grammy Awards would be into, he has actually been a frequent nominee since his 1994 nod in the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his song, 'Ain't Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang' with Dr...

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