Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment

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Dexter's Laboratory:
The Hip-Hop Experiment
Compilation album by various artists
Released August 20, 2002 (2002-08-20)
Genre Hip hop
Length 21:12
Label Kid Rhino/Atlantic Records
Producer Karen Ahmed, Mike Engstrom, Craig Kallman

Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment is a compilation album that features songs by various hip hop artists inspired by the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory. It was released on August 20, 2002, on CD through Kid Rhino and Atlantic Records and as a limited collector's edition green vinyl.[1][2]


In August 2002, Cartoon Network promoted the soundtrack by releasing three music videos from the original soundtrack. The first, "Back to the Lab" by Prince Paul, debuted on August 16 on Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon Fridays block, which was entirely devoted to Dexter's Laboratory that night.[3] Two more followed: "Dexter (What's His Name?)" by Coolio and "Secrets" by[4] To further promote the soundtrack, an advertisement for it was shown before The Powerpuff Girls Movie. The advertisement was also included on The Powerpuff Girls DVD and VHS home video. Ads for the EP also appeared in commercials for Cartoon Network and in hip-hop magazines such as The Source and Urb.[4] Promotions included Dexter's Laboratory trading cards, books, and Game Boy products.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
The Village Voice A−[6]

Heather Phares of AllMusic gave the album a positive review, stating that "its only drawback is that it's so short."[5] Coolio, a fan of Dexter's Laboratory, was more than happy to make a song for the soundtrack, stating, "They called me to do a song for Dexter's Laboratory and I didn't really know what I wanted to do at first, but I knew I wanted it to be positive and lively."[4] He then said when it came time for recorded he thought it was important to consult the opinions of certain people first: "I had my children in the studio with me. They watch Dexter's Laboratory and they represent the audience for the show, so it made sense to ask them for their opinions. I played them a demo of the songs and they told me what they thought."[4]

Track listing[edit]


No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Opening Theme" Steve Rucker and Thomas Chase (composers) 0:33
2. "Secrets" 3:18
3. "Dexter (What's His Name?)" Coolio 3:36
4. "Love According to Dexter" Phife Dawg introducing Slick & Rose 3:53
5. "Sibling Rivalries" De La Soul 3:28
6. "Mandark's Plan" YZ 3:30
7. "Back to the Lab" Prince Paul 2:54

7'' Green Vinyl Single[edit]

A side

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Opening Theme" Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker (composers) 0:33
2. "Secrets" 3:18

B side

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Back to the Lab" Prince Paul 2:54


  1. ^ "Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip-Hop Experiment [EP, Soundtrack]". ASIN B00006GA3F. 
  2. ^ "Dexter's Laboratory the Hip Hop Experiment [Limited Collector's Edition]". ASIN B000N456PM. 
  3. ^ Gruenwedel, Erik; Jeckell, Barry A. (July 25, 2002). "Rappers Research Revealed on 'Dexter's Lab'". BPI Entertainment News Wire. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Hay, Carla (August 3, 2002). "TV Themes and 'Dexter'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 114 (31): 12. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  5. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Dexter's Laboratory: The Hip Hop Experiment – Television Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 10, 2002). "Consumer Guide: A Very Good Year". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 24, 2015.