100 Miles and Runnin' (song)

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"100 Miles and Runnin'"
Single by N.W.A
from the album 100 Miles and Runnin'
Released 1990
Format CD single
Genre Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop
Length 4:35
Label Ruthless/Priority
Writer(s) Andre Young, Eric Wright, Gregory Hutchison, Lorenzo Patterson
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, DJ Yella
N.W.A chronology
"Express Yourself"
(1989)
"100 Miles and Runnin'"
(1990)
"Appetite for Destruction"
(1991)

"100 Miles and Runnin'" is a song by N.W.A from their 1990 EP of the same name. The song also appeared on the N.W.A's Greatest Hits and The Best of N.W.A. - The Strength of Street Knowledge compilation.

Background[edit]

This song is where the feud between N.W.A and former member Ice Cube begins. On Dr. Dre's second verse in this song, he raps the following lines:

"It started with five but yo one couldn't take it." /"So now there's four 'cause the fifth couldn't make it." "The number's even." /"And now I'm leaving"

The line is a reference to Ice Cube and that he left the group so they were four members.

"100 Miles and Runnin'" also mentions The D.O.C.'s song "Lend Me an Ear" from his 1989 album No One Can Do It Better, which was also produced by Dre.

Music video[edit]

In November 1990, a music video directed by Eric Meza was aired and released.[1] In the video the intro begins with N.W.A members being arrested by the police and exactly when the song begins they flee and appear on several scenes including, jumping onto roof of a car, fleeing to back of a van and others. In the end someone wears a baseball cap similar to the ones N.W.A members wear, so the police get into the house and grab the cap, so they understand that it's someone else dressed similarly to the N.W.A members. Also in the middle of the video a car is seen exploding while the N.W.A members run. "100 Miles and Runnin'" also charted at #54 at U.S. Hot R&B.[2]

Controversy[edit]

"100 Miles and Runnin'" had sampled a two second guitar chord from Funkadelic's Get Off Your Ass and Jam by lowering the pitch of the sample and playing it five times, but had paid no compensation to the owner, Bridgeport Music. Bridgeport brought the issue to a federal judge, who ruled that the sample was not in violation of copyright law. Later on, though, the decision was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, who interpreted ruled that using any sample without the original creator's permission was in violation of the law.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990-1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 33
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 32
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard)[5] 51

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hundred miles and runnin'. MVDBase. Accessed January 2, 2008.
  2. ^ N.W.A singles charting. Allmusic. Accessed January 2, 2008.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – N.W.A. – 100 Miles And Runnin'". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Charts.org.nz – N.W.A. – 100 Miles And Runnin'". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
  5. ^ 100 Miles and Runnin' - N.W.A. awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 28, 2013.