Keep Their Heads Ringin'

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"Keep Their Heads Ringin'"
Single by Dr. Dre
from the album Friday
B-side "Take a Hit" by Mack 10
Released March 7, 1995
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1994
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 5:06
Label Priority Records, Death Row Records
Writer(s) Angie Stone, G. Chisholm, C. Cooks,
A. Young, James E. Anderson, S. Robinson,
S. Anderson
Producer(s) Dr. Dre and Sam Sneed
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Natural Born Killaz"
(1995)
"Keep Their Heads Ringin"
(1995)
"California Love"
(1995)

"Keep Their Heads Ringin'" is a single by American rapper Dr. Dre, taken from the soundtrack of the movie Friday.[1]

Background[edit]

Although the album was released on Priority Records, Death Row Records still owns the masters to the song. The song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA on May 10, 1995 for individual sales of over 500,000. It also reached number one on the Hot Rap Tracks in the United States. It interpolates "Funk You Up" by The Sequence from their 1980 single released under Sugar Hill. The song also appears on Death Row Greatest Hits released in 1996. The intro "Hey. Whatup?" is done by Dr. Dre while the intro continues with the music on with KRS-One saying his trademark shout "Buck, buck, buck". There is an alternate version of the song that can be found on Death Row Greatest Hits and the compilation album Death Row Dayz, where Dr. Dre uses the line on verse 1: "Just chill, listen to the beats I spill, I use Crest, so ain't no cavity creeps in my grill", instead of the more mainstream version of: "Just chill, listen to the beats I spill, keepin' it real, enables me to make another mill'" and on verse 3 "Dre came to wax you, hoe just call me Mop 'n Glow" instead of "Dre came to wax you, so just call me Mop 'n Glow".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by F. Gary Gray and takes place in a plane hangar, in a Convair 880, with Dr. Dre, and his crew taking over air control. It features cast members from Friday including Chris Tucker, Faizon Love, and Nia Long, to name a few. It ends with Chris Tucker and Faizon Love taking the plane and flying away from the police. Chris Tucker says "I'm on probation, I can't go back to jail" referring to the character Smokey who was having trouble with the law in Friday. Lead vocalist Nanci Fletcher's intro marked the first time a female from the Death Row camp was featured in a video.

The video was played before showings of Friday in most cities.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single / 12" vinyl[2]
  1. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (LP Version) — 5:01
  2. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Instrumental) — 4:57
  3. "Take a Hit" (by Mack 10) (LP Version) — 4:34
  4. "Take a Hit" (by Mack 10) (Instrumental) — 4:34
  • US 12" vinyl[3]
  1. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Radio Version) — 5:02
  2. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (LP Version) — 5:01
  3. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Instrumental) — 4:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Co-producer - Sam Sneed
  • Engineer - Tommy D. Daugherty and Keston Wright
  • Keyboards - Stu "Fingas" Bullard
  • Producer - Dr. Dre
  • Chorus Sample - KRS-One
  • Lead vocals - Nanci Fletcher
  • Background Vocals - Nanci Fletcher, Barbara Wilson, Dorothy Coleman
  • Video director - F. Gary Gray
  • Actors - Chris Tucker, Nia Long and Tiny Lister
  • Angie Stone is credited for writing the song due to her writing to "Funk You Up". She is credited as A. Brown in the credits of the song since she did not go by Angie Stone at the time Dr. Dre made this song.

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ King, Alex P. (2004). Hit-parade — 20 ans de tubes (in French). Paris: Pascal. p. 338. ISBN 2-35019-009-9. 
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dr-Dre-Mack-10-Keep-Their-Heads-Ringin-Take-A-Hit/release/255065
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2072495
  4. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20110121-0000/Issue1083.pdf
  5. ^ a b c d e "Keep Their Heads Ringin'", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Dr.Dre singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  9. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  10. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  12. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)

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