How to Be a Player (soundtrack)

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How to Be a Player
How to Be a Player.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 5, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Hip hop, West Coast Hip Hop,[1] East Coast Hip Hop,[2] Gangsta Rap,[3] R&B
Label Def Jam
Producer Poke & Tone, Prestige, Shorty B, DJ Quik, T-Mix, Erick Sermon, KLC, Havoc, E-A-Ski, CMT, Ralph Leverston
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [4]

Def Jam's How to Be a Player soundtrack is the soundtrack to the 1997 comedy film, Def Jam's How to Be a Player. It was released on August 5, 1997 through Def Jam Recordings.

The soundtrack, which consisted of a blend of hip hop and contemporary R&B, did well on the Billboard charts, peaking at 7 on the Billboard 200 and 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. A little over a month after its release on September 16, the album was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 copies.

Foxy Brown and Dru Hill's single "Big Bad Mamma" was the soundtrack's most successful single, peaking at 53 on the Billboard 200. Absolute's "Never Wanna Let You Go" also made it the Billboard charts, reaching the R&B chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro-"- :41 (Max Julien)
  2. "Big Bad Mamma"- 3:53 (Foxy Brown and Dru Hill)
  3. "Hard to Get"- 5:10 (Richie Rich and Rick James)
  4. "I Gotta Know"- 3:57 (Playa and Foxy Brown)
  5. "Young Casanovas"- 4:22 (Junior M.A.F.I.A., Mase, Cam'ron and LeVert)
  6. "Down Wit Us"- 3:18 (Redman)
  7. "Usual Suspects"- 4:41 (Mic Geronimo, DMX, Cormega, Ja Rule, and Tragedy Khadafi)
  8. "How to Be a Playa"- 5:15 (Master P, Fiend and Silkk the Shocker)
  9. "It's a Cold Day"- 4:53 (Too Short, George Clinton and Belita Woods)
  10. "Interlude"- :53 (Max Julien)
  11. "Street 2 Street"- 3:43 (Jayo Felony)
  12. "In the Wind"- 4:40 (8Ball & MJG)
  13. "Never Seen Before"- 2:53 (EPMD)
  14. "Never Wanna Let You Go"- 4:23 (Absoulute)
  15. "When the Playas Live"- 4:57 (Crucial Conflict)
  16. "Troublesome"- 3:50 (2Pac)
  17. "Say What"- 4:00 (Dymon)
  18. "If U Stay Ready"- 5:00 (Suga Free)
  19. "Don't Ever"- 3:48 (Black Azz Chill)
  20. "Outro"- 1:07 (Max Julien)


Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 7
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2