100 Miles and Runnin'

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100 Miles and Runnin'
EP by N.W.A
Released August 14, 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre Gangsta rap
Length 23:17
Label Ruthless/Priority
Producer Dr. Dre,
Yella
N.W.A chronology
Straight Outta Compton
(1988)
100 Miles and Runnin'
(1990)
Niggaz4Life
(1991)

100 Miles and Runnin' is an EP by hip hop group N.W.A, released in 1990 on Ruthless Records.

Prior to recording the EP, all five of the group members had signed a long-term contract with the Ruthless Records label. However, member and lead vocalist Ice Cube refused the contract's terms and consequently separated himself from the group, which kicked off his solo career.

Background[edit]

The title track "100 Miles and Runnin'" was the group's first track to gain radio airtime and appear on TV with its music video. Dr. Dre, who had just finished working with The D.O.C. and Above the Law, added atypical funky beats and the slow synth groove on "Just Don't Bite It". A sadistic parody of the police on a skit featuring The D.O.C. from the group's 1-900 hotline introduces "Sa Prize, Pt. 2", a sequel to the controversial "Fuck tha Police," originally from the Straight Outta Compton album. MC Ren and The D.O.C. wrote the lyrics for Eazy-E and Dr. Dre.

100 Miles and Runnin' was the first N.W.A album after Ice Cube had left the group in December 1989, and the group makes numerous sardonic references to its former member. On the title track, Dre states:

"It started with five but yo, one couldn't take it / So now there's four 'cause the fifth couldn't make it".

Therefore dismissing Ice Cube as a coward, and on the song "Real Niggaz" MC Ren states "Only reason niggaz pick up your record is cause they thought it was us", referring to the success of Ice Cube's first solo album AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted which had been released earlier that year. Ice Cube would respond to these attacks on his 1991 album Death Certificate.

Three songs from this EP, "100 Miles and Runnin'", "Just Don't Bite It", and "Real Niggaz", were later released on N.W.A's Greatest Hits. "Real Niggaz" would also appear on N.W.A's final studio album, Efil4zaggin, a year later; the 2003 remastered edition of the album would append the rest of the EP to the track listing. The name of the follow-up album Niggaz4life is announced as a backward message in the final track "Kamurshol" (i.e., "commercial"); the album title would, in fact, appear written back-to-front on the album cover.

"100 Miles and Runnin'" is also notable for being producer Dr. Dre's final uptempo recording, as well as the only appearance of his revised, more aggressive rapping style, a change allegedly made to fill the void left by Ice Cube.

"Just Don't Bite It" was later sampled in Eazy-E's solo track "Gimme That Nutt" as well as Sublime's song "Let's Go Get Stoned."

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[2]
RapReviews (6.5/10)[3]
Robert Christgau (C-)[4]

Although the album was released as an EP, it nevertheless hit the charts and sold over 500,000 copies, reaching gold status on November 16, 1990 before reaching platinum certification on September 16, 1992 for over 1 million copies sold.[5]

Charts[edit]

Chart
(1990)
Chart position[6]
Billboard 200 #27
R&B Albums #10
Year Song Chart positions[7]
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart
1990 "100 Miles and Runnin'" - #51

Track listing[edit]

  1. "100 Miles and Runnin'" – 4:32 writers MC Ren, Eazy E, Cold 187um
  2. "Just Don't Bite It" – 5:28 writers MC Ren
  3. "Sa Prize, Pt. 2" – 5:58 writers The D.O.C, Eazy-E, MC Ren
  4. "Real Niggaz" – 5:25 writers The D.O.C, MC Ren
  5. "Kamurshol" – 1:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Eazy-E – Executive Producer
  • Dr. Dre – Producer
  • Brian Kilgore – Tambourine
  • Mike Sims – Bass, Guitar
  • Donovan Sound – Engineer
  • Yella – Producer/DJ
  • Steve Huston – Artwork
  • Kevin Hosmann – Art Direction
  • David Provost – Photography

Appearances[edit]

Later Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  2. ^ Sandow, Greg (August 31, 1990). "100 Miles and Runnin':Music Review:Entertainment Weekly". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "rapreviews.com review". Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  5. ^ "RIAA searchable certification database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ "100 Miles and Runnin' chart positions". Rovi Corporation/Billboard. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  7. ^ "100 Miles and Runnin' song chart positions". Rovi Corporation/Billboard. Retrieved 2010-11-25.