Bow Down

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Bow Down
Westside Connection - Bow Down (Front).jpg
Studio album by Westside Connection
Released October 22, 1996
Recorded 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 album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 on November 9, 1996, shipping 145,000 units.[1] It went on to sell 1.7 million copies,[2] certifying it platinum by RIAA on October 1, 1997.[3] 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[4]
Robert Christgau D+[5]
Entertainment Weekly C[6]
RapReviews 9/10[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
The Source 4/5 stars[9]
Vibe (Favorable)[10]

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

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:

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