Cradle 2 the Grave (soundtrack)

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Cradle 2 the Grave
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 18, 2003
GenreHardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop
LabelBloodline, Def Jam
ProducerTony Pizarro, DMX, Dame Grease, Eminem, Mannie Fresh, Sha Money XL, DJ Envy, Elite

Cradle 2 the Grave is the official soundtrack to the film of the same name starring DMX and Jet Li. It was released on February 18, 2003 through Bloodline Records and Def Jam Recordings. The album featured production from some of hip hop's top producers including, Tony Pizarro, DMX, Dame Grease, Eminem, Mannie Fresh, Sha Money XL and DJ Envy. The soundtrack was very successful, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200, number 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number 1 on the Top Soundtracks, also the soundtrack included DMX's single, "X Gon' Give It to Ya". "Go To Sleep" has been used as the entrance song to UFC fighters Sam Stout and Dan Cramer. The soundtrack was also certified gold by the RIAA on May 19, 2003, with over 500,000 copies sold.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
RapReviews7/10 stars[3]

AllMusic writer John Bush found the opening track up there with the rest of DMX's work but said it "doesn't sound too special." He added that he was surprised by the contributions from Foxy Brown and Drag-On, saying that "My Life (Cradle 2 the Grave)" had Brown being "curiously reflective (and more than just a bit poignant)" and the samples of The Temptations and Marvin Gaye used on "Fireman" make it "sound[s] completely original."[2] Steve Juon of RapReviews said, "Taken as a whole Cradle 2 the Grave is about par for most compilations, soundtrack or otherwise, released in the last twelve months. With a few nice surprises [...] this soundtrack is slightly better than most. It's not an overwhelming success, but it's good enough to ensure that DMX fans won't be calling for his head if the movie tanks."[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."X Gon' Give It to Ya" (DMX)E. Simmons, S. KingShatek3:39
2."Go to Sleep" (Eminem, Obie Trice, DMX)E. Simmons, L. Resto, M. Mathers, O. Trice, S. KingEminem4:42
3."What's It All for?" (Bazaar Royale)C. Ginsburg, D. Miller, J. Margera, S. KingShatek3:50
4."Follow Me Gangster" (G-Unit)C. Lloyd, C. Jackson, K. Frazier, M. Bernard, M. Clervoix, S. Dorsian, V. Montana Jr.Reemo, Lost Spirit, Sha Money XL (add.)3:31
5."Stompdashitoutu" (C.N.N. featuring M.O.P.)E. Randle, E. Murray, F. Wilcox, J. Griannage, J. Shaw, K. Holley, T. Pizarro, V. SantiagoFlip Matrix, Tony Pizarro3:03
6."Do Sumptin" (Comp)J. McElveen, J. Carter, L. AustinJay Funk, Leroy Austin (co.)4:08
7."My Life (Cradle 2 the Grave)" (Foxy Brown featuring Althea)A. Thompson, B. Jackson, E. Townsend, G. Marchand, I. MarchandGavin Marchand4:15
8."Fireman" (Drag-On)A. Parrino, B. Strong, C. Mayfield, M. Smalls, N. WhitfieldElite2:56
9."Drop Drop" (Joe Budden)J. Kuleszynski, J. BuddenWhite Boy4:17
10."I'm Serious" (Clipse)G. Thornton, L. Porter, T. ThorntonPaperchase Inc.4:12
11."Right/Wrong" (DMX)E. Simmons, R. Casey, R. ThybulleDJ Envy, Mono3:46
12."It's Gon' Be What It's Gon' Be" (Jinx da Juvy, Loose)A. Lewis, B. Holland, D. Pelzer, E. Holland, K. Clarke, S. OdomKonkrete Kaos3:01
13."Hand That Rocks the Cradle" (Big Stan)D. Joyner, D. BlackmanDame Grease4:13
14."Won't Be Coming Back" (Birdman (aka Baby))B. Williams, B. Thomas, L. RichieMannie Fresh4:10
15."C2G" (Fat Joe featuring Young N Restless)J. Cartagena, R. Montero, R. Santanna, S. KingShatek4:13
16."Focus" (Kashmir)E. Lomax, J. RussMac G3:56
17."Slangin' Dem Thangs" (Profit)F. Massey, L. Duminie, L. Creed, R. Rangel, T. BellKato4:40
18."Off the Hood" (Jinx da Juvy)D. Carr, M. Leather, S. CampbellThe Architects4:09
Bonus track
19."Getting Down" (DMX, Kashmir, Bazaar Royale)C. Sandford, D. Joyner, E. Simmons, E. Lomax, R. Casey, R. ThybulleDJ Envy, Mono2:56


  1. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Cradle 2 the Grave - Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Juon, Steve (February 18, 2003). "Feature for February 18, 2003 - "Cradle 2 the Grave Soundtrack"". RapReviews. Retrieved July 10, 2011.