Based on a True Story (Mack 10 album)

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Based on a True Story
Mack 10 Based On a True Story Cover.jpg
Studio album by Mack 10
Released September 16, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre West Coast hip hop, Gangsta rap
Length 50:08
Label Priority
Producer Ant Banks, Binky Mack, Bob Cat, Ice Cube, Mack 10 (exec.), Soopafly, Tray
Mack 10 chronology
Mack 10
Based on a True Story
The Recipe
Singles from Based on a True Story
  1. "Backyard Boogie"
    Released: July 22, 1997
  2. "Only in California"
    Released: February 17, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link
The Source 4/5 stars link

Based on a True Story is the second studio album by American rapper Mack 10, released September 16, 1997 on Priority Records. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard 200 and at number 5 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[1] One single, "Backyard Boogie", peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[2] and performed well on several other charts as well. The album features guest performance by Ice Cube, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Allfrumtha I and The Comrads.

Along with singles, music videos were produced for two songs: "Backyard Boogie"[3] and "Only in California"[4] featuring Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. Ice Cube makes a cameo appearance in "Backyard Boogie".

The song, "Can't Stop", was previously released on the Ant Banks album, Big Thangs. Another song, "Dopeman", was later included on two Priority Records compilations, In tha Beginning…There Was Rap and Straight Outta Compton: N.W.A 10th Anniversary Tribute. "Dopeman" is a cover version of the 1987 N.W.A song of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mack Manson" (Intro) 0:54
  2. "Chicken Hawk II" 2:43
  3. "Mack 10, Mack 10" (featuring Allfrumtha I & The Comrads) 4:00
  4. "Bangin' Gears" (Insert) 0:48
  5. "Backyard Boogie" 4:19
  6. "Can't Stop" (featuring E-40) 4:43
  7. "Tonight's the Night" (featuring Squeak Ru) 3:16
  8. "Aqua Boogie" (Insert) 0:57
  9. "The Guppies" (featuring Ice Cube) 3:05
  10. "Inglewood Swangin'" 3:59
  11. "Dopeman" 4:03
  12. "What You Need? (Dopeman '97)" 3:24
  13. "Only in California" (featuring Ice Cube & Snoop Dogg) 4:40
  14. "Gangster Poem" (Insert) 0:53
  15. "W/S Foe Life" 2:40
  16. "Based on a True Story" 4:15


Chart history[edit]

Chart (1997)[1] Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 14
U.S. Billboard Top R&B Albums 5
Song Chart (1997)[2] Peak
"Backyard Boogie" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 23
U.S. Billboard Rap Singles 5
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Airplay 23


  1. ^ a b ((( Based on a True Story > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-02-04.
  2. ^ a b (((Based on a True Story > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2010-02-04.
  3. ^ Mack 10 - "Backyard Boogie" (official video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2010-02-04.
  4. ^ Mack 10 - "Only in California" (official video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2010-02-04.

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