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’s 'The Sex Is On' feels like a time capsule for the moment when soft-pedaled romance transformed into hardcore seduction. But even if Michel Colombier’s 'John and Betty’s Theme' is probably one of the best tracks on the disc, an effective combination of classical scoring and hip-hop edge, the record deserves immortality for being the first appearance of Snoop Dogg on the title track, a masterpiece of Dr. Dre’s production paired with the kind of verse for which descriptors like “star-making” were invented.