Men in Black: The Album

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Men in Black: The Album
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released July 1, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Label Columbia/Sony
Producer Poke & Tone, Jermaine Dupri, Michael-Anthony "Mookie" Taylor, Deconzo Smith, Jerome Malcolm, The Ummah, De La Soul, Branford Marsalis
Singles from Men in Black: The Album
  1. "Men in Black"
    Released: June 16, 1997
  2. "Escobar '97"
    Released: 1997
  3. "We Just Wanna Party with You"
    Released: September 3, 1997 (UK only)
  4. "Just Cruisin'"
    Released: December 1, 1997
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Men in Black: The Album is the soundtrack to the film Men in Black. It was released on July 1, 1997, distributed by Columbia Records and featured production from some of music's top producers, such as Poke & Tone, Jermaine Dupri and The Ummah.

The album was a huge success, spending two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as peaking at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 3 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The RIAA certified the album 3× Platinum for sales of over 3,000,000 copies in the United States.

Four singles were released from the album, Will Smith's "Men in Black" and "Just Cruisin'", Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg's "We Just Wanna Party with You", and Nas' "Escobar '97". Except for the title song and the two Danny Elfman cues, none of the tracks on the album are in the film.

This soundtrack also marked the debuts of then-unknowns Alicia Keys and Destiny's Child.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Men in Black" (Will Smith) Smith, Nasir Jones, Patrice Rushen, Terry McFadden & Fred Washington Poke and Tone 3:46
2. "We Just Wanna Party with You" (Snoop Dogg featuring Jermaine Dupri) Jermaine Dupri, Robert Bell, Claydes Smith, Calvin Broadus, James Taylor, George Brown, Ronald Bell, Robert Mickens, Eumir Deodato, Richard Westfield, Otha Nash, Larry Gittens, Dennis Thomas Dupri 4:32
3. "I'm Feeling' You" (Ginuwine) Elgin "Ginuwine" Lumpkin & Michael-Anthony "Mookie" Taylor Mookie 4:40
4. "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)" (Alicia Keys) Alicia Keys, Taneisha Smith & Reese Johnson Johnson 4:12
5. "Just Cruisin'" (Will Smith) Smith, Nasir "Nas" Jones & Kenneth Stover Poke and Tone 3:59
6. "The 'Notic" (The Roots featuring D'Angelo) Tariq Collins, Amtir "Questlove" Thompson, James Poyser, Larry Dunn, Maurice White & Philip Bailey Scott Storch (The Roots), Poyser & Kelo 5:20
7. "Make You Happy" (Trey Lorenz) Mariah Carey, Lorenz, Cory Rooney Carey & Rooney 4:06
8. "Escobar '97" (Nas) Jones, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, Jerry Ragovoy & Aaron Schroeder Poke and Tone 3:32
9. "Erotik City" (Emoja) T. Footman, E. Taylor & T. Wimbley Deconzo Smith & Jerome Malcolm 4:34
10. "Same Ol' Thing" (A Tribe Called Quest) Kamaal "Q-Tip" Fareed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Malik "Phife Dawg" Taylor The Ummah 4:27
11. "Killing Time" (Destiny's Child) Dwayne Wiggins & Tara Stinson Wiggins 5:08
12. "Waiting For Love" (3T) John Howcott, Emanuel Officer & Donald Parks Craig Burbidge 3:47
13. "Chanel No. Fever" (De La Soul) Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer, David "Dave" Jolicoeur & Vincent "Maseo" Mason De La Soul 3:24
14. "Some Cow Fonque (More Tea, Vicar?)" (Buckshot LeFonque) Branford Marsalis Marsalis 5:10
15. "M.I.B. Main Theme" (Danny Elfman) Elfman   2:58
16. "M.I.B. Closing Theme" (Danny Elfman) Elfman   2:38
Total length:
1:06:05

Sample Credits[edit]

  • "Men in Black" featuress a sample from "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen written by Patrice Rushen, Terry McFadden and Fred Washington
  • "We Just Wanna Party with You" contains portions of "Get Down On It" by Kool & the Gang written by Robert Bell, James Taylor, George Brown, Ronald Bell, Claydes Smith, Robert Mickens and E. Deodato
  • "Just Cruisin'" contains a sample of "I'm Back For More" by Al Johnson written by Kenneth Stover
  • "The 'Notic" contains replayed elements of "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire written by Larry Dunn, Maurice White and Philip Bailey
  • "Escobar '97" contains a sample of "I'll Move You No Mountain" by The Love Unlimited Orchestra written by Jerry Ragovoy and Aaron Schroeder
  • "Same Ol' Thing" contains a sample of "Miles Beyond" by The Mahavishnu Orchestra written by J. McLaughlin

Men In Black: The Score[edit]

Columbia Records released a Danny Elfman score album, including the two tracks included on Men In Black: The Album, on December 1, 1997.

  1. M.I.B. Main Theme (2:58)
  2. D's Memories/Chase (3:57)
  3. Edgar's Truck/A New Man (2:58)
  4. Imports/Quiet Moment (2:22)
  5. J Contemplates (1:18)
  6. Headquarters (1:13)
  7. The Suit (1:28)
  8. Morgue Time (:49)
  9. Petit Mort (1:42)
  10. K Reminisces (:48)
  11. Orion's Belt/Cat Stinger (2:18)
  12. Noisy Cricket/Impending Trouble (2:08)
  13. Sexy Morgue Babe/Icon (5:41)
  14. Take Off/Crash (7:20)
  15. Finale (3:02)
  16. M.I.B. Closing Theme (2:36)
Preceded by
The Fat of the Land
by The Prodigy
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 26 – August 2, 1997
Succeeded by
No Way Out
by Puff Daddy