Bow Down

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Bow Down
Westside Connection - Bow Down (Front).jpg
Studio album by Westside Connection
Released October 22, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre Gangsta Rap, G-funk, West Coast Hip Hop
Length 48:07
Label Lench Mob/Priority
Producer Ice Cube
Cedric Samson
Binky Mack
Mark Jackson
Ian Scott
Westside Connection chronology
Bow Down
Terrorist Threats
Singles from Bow Down
  1. "Bow Down"
    Released: August 28, 1996
  2. "Gangstas Make the World Go Round"
    Released: January 24, 1997

Bow Down is the debut studio album by American West coast hip hop/gangsta rap supergroup Westside Connection, released on October 22, 1996 through Ice Cube's Lench Mob/Priority Records. It featured production from Bud'da, QDIII and Ice Cube among other producers.

The songs "King of the Hill", "Cross 'Em Out and Put a 'K", and "Hoo Bangin'" (WSCG Style) are all disses to Cypress Hill, Q-Tip and Common.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau D+[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
RapReviews 9/10[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
The Source 4/5 stars[6]
Vibe (Favorable)[7]

The album received positive reviews from most music critics and fans, with the exception of New York critic Robert Christgau, which was a mixed review.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 on November 9, 1996, shipping 145,000 units.[8] It went on to sell 1.7 million copies,[9] certifying it platinum by RIAA on October 1, 1997.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "World Domination" (Intro)   1:16
2. "Bow Down"   Bud'da 3:27
3. "Gangstas Make the World Go Round"   Ice Cube, Cedric Samson 4:33
4. "All the Critics In New York"   Binky, Ice Cube 5:35
5. "Do You Like Criminals?" (featuring K-Dee) Bud'da 5:01
6. "Gangstas Don't Dance" (Insert)   0:22
7. "The Gangsta, the Killa and the Dope Dealer"   Bud'da 4:15
8. "Cross 'Em Out and Put AK (Cypress Hill & Q-Tip Diss)"   Bud'da 4:56
9. "King of the Hill (Cypress Hill Diss)"   QDIII 4:17
10. "3 Time Felons"   Bud'da 5:10
11. "Westward Ho"   QDIII 5:12
12. "The Pledge" (Insert)   0:14
13. "Hoo-Bangin' (WSCG Style) (Common & Cypress Hill Diss)" (featuring K-Dee, the Comrads and Allfrumtha I) Ice Cube 3:58
Total length:


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[11] 45
US Billboard 200[12] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,700,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ The Source review
  7. ^ Vibe review
  8. ^ "Studdard album debuts at No. 1". CNN. December 19, 2003. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  9. ^ "West Coast rap supergroup to release CD". September 27, 2003. Retrieved 2007-09-12. [dead link]
  10. ^ ""Westside Connection" searchable database". Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Westside Connection – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Westside Connection. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  12. ^ "Westside Connection – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Westside Connection. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Westside Connection – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Westside Connection. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Westside Connection – Bow Down". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH