This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the hood drama movie “Menace II Society” and therefore we are taking a look back at the soundtrack released on the same day.
Even though the movie was based in South Central Los Angeles, the soundtrack isn’t confined to just L.A. artists. Both Hip-Hop and R&B feature throughout. It reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Rap/R&B chart.
We are going to focus on 5 of the Hip-Hop tracks on the soundtrack.
The first track of the play list is from New York group Boogie Down Productions with their track titled ““P” Is Still Free” which was produced by DJ Premier.
The second track features another group but this time, from the opposite side of the U.S. in the form of Da Lench Mob – “Guerillas Ain’t Gangstas”. Produced by QD3,
“Guerillas Ain’t Gangstas” features a sample from Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”.
East coast duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth take third spot in the play list with their track “When Death Becomes You”. Produced by Pete Rock, “When Death Becomes You” also features fellow New York duo the YG’z.
“Can’t Fuck Wit A Nigga” is track 4 in the play list. Performed and produced by DJ Quik, “Can’t Fuck Wit A Nigga” contains noteable disses towards House of Pain artist Everlast.
Speaking of former nemesis’ of DJ Quik, MC Eiht (who starred in the movie as A-Wax) takes the spot for track number 5 with his classic lead single for the soundtrack “Streiht Up Menace”. There was also a remix of this track which features in the infamous “drive thru double-burger wit cheese” scene. This track was co-produced by Eiht himself and long-time collaborator DJ Slip.
The “Menace II Society” soundtrack is still available on Amazon: