Above the Rim (soundtrack)

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Above the Rim – The Soundtrack
Above the Rim Sndtrck.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMarch 22, 1994 (1994-03-22)
Recorded1993–94
Genre
Length77:47
Label
Producer
Death Row Records chronology
Above the Rim – The Soundtrack
(1994)
Murder Was the Case
(1994)
Singles from Above the Rim – The Soundtrack
  1. "Regulate"
    Released: April 28, 1994
  2. "Afro Puffs"
    Released: July 26, 1994
  3. "I'm Still In Love With You/Part Time Lover"
    Released: March 22, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA+[2]

Above the Rim – The Soundtrack is the official soundtrack to the 1994 film of the same name. The soundtrack, released by Death Row and Interscope Records on March 22, 1994, was executive produced by Suge Knight. Dr. Dre acted as supervising producer on the project.

Six tapes were released for the soundtrack's promotion.[citation needed] The album was able to garner critical praise and obtain commercial success, a feat not easily accomplished for soundtracks in general, and hip hop-based soundtracks in particular.[citation needed] The album shipped over two million copies and won the Soundtrack of the Year award at the 1995 Source Awards.[3] The cassette version of the soundtrack contained three bonus tracks that could not fit on the CD due to time constraints: "Pain" by 2Pac (with Stretch), "Mi Monie Rite!" by Lord G, and "Loyal to the Game" by 2Pac, Treach from Naughty By Nature, and Riddler.[citation needed] The bonus track, "Pain" by Tupac Shakur/2Pac (with Stretch) was initially rejected for use in the film by Dr. Dre, however, at the request of recording engineer, Norman Whitfield Jr., the track was recut and remixed for the film by record producer, Isaias Gamboa.[citation needed] The song's considerable thematic use throughout the soundtrack including the key scene when "Birdie" played by Tupac Shakur [2Pac] is killed, has helped transform the "Pain" remix into a hip-hop classic.[citation needed] Under Death Row, Above the Rim soundtrack was the third album under the label to reach number-one on the R&B Albums chart where it stayed for ten nonconsecutive weeks[citation needed] (Heavy D & the Boyz' Nuttin' But Love interrupted that streak for one week), while it went to second place on the Billboard 200 chart. Track 13 is a sensual remake of Rev. Al Green's classic "I'm Still In Love With You" by the American R&B recording artist Al B. Sure![4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Anything (Allstar Remix)" (SWV)Brian Morgan, Allen "ALLSTAR" Gordon4:07
2."Old Time's Sake" (Sweet Sable)Nikke Nikole4:20
3."Part Time Lover" (H-Town)DeVante Swing4:08
4."Big Pimpin'" (Tha Dogg Pound Nate Dog Nanci Fletcher Dwight DeLemond Williams)Dat Nigga Daz3:58
5."Didn't Mean to Turn You On" (2nd II None)2nd II None, DJ Quik4:38
6."Doggie Style" (D.J. Rogers)Suamana Brown4:33
7."Regulate" (Nate Dogg & Warren G)Warren G4:11
8."Pour Out a Little Liquor" (2Pac & Thug Life)Johnny "J"3:30
9."Gonna Give It to Ya" (Jewell featuring Aaron Hall)Paisley4:53
10."Afro Puffs" (The Lady of Rage featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg)Dr. Dre, Daz Dillinger4:50
11."Jus So Ya No" (CPO Boss Hogg)Tony Green4:06
12."Hoochies Need Love Too" (Paradise)S "Bright Eyess" Riley, Suamana Brown4:41
13."I'm Still In Love With You" (Al B. Sure!)Al B. Sure!3:47
14."Crack 'Em" (O.F.T.B.)DJ Quik, O.F.T.B., T.K.O.4:25
15."U Bring da Dog Out" (Rhythm & Knowledge)Sean "Barney" Thomas4:01
16."Blowed Away" (B-Rezell)DeVante Swing4:06
17."It's Not Deep Enough" (Jewell)Mr. Dalvin4:28
18."Dogg Pound 4 Life" (Tha Dogg Pound)Dat Nigga Daz4:59

Bonus Material[edit]

Deluxe Edition
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
19."Pain" (2Pac & Stretch)Stretch4:34
20."Mi Monie Rite!" (Lord G)Tony Green3:08
21."Loyal to the Game" (2Pac, Treach & Riddler)Reginald Heard4:36

Leftout tracks released as B-side for various album singles[edit]

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Song Chart (1994)[11][12][13][14] Peak
position
"Afro Puffs" U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 5
U.S. Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 5
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 31
U.S. Hot Rap Singles 5
U.S. The Billboard Hot 100 57
"Regulate" U.S. Hot Rap Singles 1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[15] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Above the Rim at AllMusic
  2. ^ James Bernard (April 15, 1994). "Entertainment Weekly". Ew.com. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Simmons, Nadirah (August 3, 2016). "Today In 1995: The 2nd Annual Source Awards Makes Hip Hop History". The Source. The NorthStar Group. Archived from the original on August 4, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Al B. Sure!: I'm Still in Love with You (Video 1994) - IMDb, retrieved March 22, 2021
  5. ^ "G4 – Feature – Words From The Lord: Lord G Speaks On Militia All-Stars, Death Row & Going Solo". G4tv.com. June 12, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Archived December 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine SciFiScripts.com,
  7. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  8. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  9. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  10. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
  11. ^ "Afro Puffs: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  12. ^ "It's About Time: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  13. ^ "Above the Rim: The Soundtrack: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
  14. ^ "Regulate...G Funk Era: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Above The Rim". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  16. ^ "Above the Rim: Credits at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2008.

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