Above the Rim (soundtrack)

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Above the Rim (soundtrack)
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Soundtrack album by Various Artists
  • March 22, 1994 (1994-03-22)
Recorded 1993–94
Genre Gangsta rap, R&B, G-funk, West Coast hip hop
Length 77:47
Label Death Row/Interscope Records
Producer Suge Knight (exec.), Kenny Ortíz (exec.), 2nd II None, Suamana Swoop Brown, Dat Nigga Daz, Dalvin DeGrate, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Warren G, Johnny Jay, Tracy Kendrick, Havoc, Benny Medina, Allen "ALLSTAR" Gordon, Brian Alexander Morgan, Nikke Nikole, O.F.T.B., Darryl Pearson, Chris Puran, Sharon Riley, Carl "Butch" Small, Al B. Sure!, DeVante Swing
Singles from Above the Rim (soundtrack)
  1. "Regulate"
    Released: April 28, 1994
  2. "Afro Puffs"
    Released: July 26, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A+[2]

Above the Rim (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 is notable in that it 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.[citation needed] 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 listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Anything" (SWV) Brian Morgan, Allen "ALLSTAR" Gordon 4:07
2. "Old Time's Sake" (Sweet Sable) Nikke Nikole 4:20
3. "Part Time Lover" (H-Town) DeVante Swing 4:08
4. "Big Pimpin'" (Tha Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nate Dogg and Big Pimpin' Delemond) Dat Nigga Daz 3:58
5. "Didn't Mean to Turn You On" (2nd II None) 2nd II None, DJ Quik 4:38
6. "Doggie Style" (D.J. Rogers) Suamana Brown 4:33
7. "Regulate" (Warren G featuring Nate Dogg) Warren G 4:11
8. "Pour Out a Little Liquor" (2Pac & Thug Life) Johnny "J" 3:30
9. "Gonna Give It to Ya" (Jewell featuring Aaron Hall) Paisley [Dat Nigga Daz] 4:53
10. "Afro Puffs" (The Lady of Rage featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) Dr. Dre 4:50
11. "Jus So Ya No" (CPO Boss Hogg) Tony Green 4:06
12. "Hoochies Need Love Too" (Paradise) S "Bright Eyess" Riley, Suamana Brown Dat Nigga Daz Havoc 4:41
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" Thomas Dat Nigga Daz 4:01
16. "Blowed Away" (B-Rezell) DeVante Swing 4:06
17. "It's Not Deep Enough" (Jewell) Mr. Dalvin 4:28
18. "Dogg Pound 4 Life" (Tha Dogg Pound featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) Dat Nigga Daz 4:59

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



Chart (1994)[5] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 #2
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums #1


Song Chart (1994)[6][7][8][9] Peak
"Afro Puffs" U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 5
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 31
U.S. Hot Rap Singles 5
U.S. The Billboard Hot 100 57
"Anything" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 4
U.S. Rhythmic Top 40 4
The Billboard Hot 100 18
"Part Time Lover" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 9
The Billboard Hot 100 57
"Regulate" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 7
Hot Rap Singles 1
Rhythmic Top 40 3
U.S. Top 40 Mainstream 32
The Billboard Hot 100 2


Information taken from Allmusic.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Above the Rim at AllMusic
  2. ^ James Bernard (April 15, 1994). "Entertainment Weekly". Ew.com. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  3. ^ "G4 – Feature – Words From The Lord: Lord G Speaks On Militia All-Stars, Death Row & Going Solo". G4tv.com. June 12, 2006. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  4. ^ Star Trek V: The Final Frontier SciFiScripts.com,
  5. ^ "Above the Rim: The Soundtrack: Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Afro Puffs: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ "It's About Time: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Above the Rim: The Soundtrack: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Regulate...G Funk Era: Billboard Singles at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved January 6, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Above the Rim: Credits at Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 

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