List of films with associated hip hop songs

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Number of films with associated hip hop songs by year

This is a list of films that have hip hop songs associated with them.

In order to be included, the song must have been recorded expressly for the film or the film's soundtrack.

Narrative[edit]

These songs are title songs, theme songs, or explicitly about the narrative of the film.

Year Film Song Artist Notes
1985 Krush Groove "Krush Groovin" Run DMC, Sheila E., Kurtis Blow, The Fat Boys Potentially the first film with an associated hip hop song
1987 Disorderlies "Baby, You're a Rich Man" Fat Boys Cover of "Baby, You're a Rich Man" by The Beatles
1987 Dragnet "City of Crime" Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks Performed with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Pat Thrall of the Pat Travers Band
1987 The Monster Squad The Monster Squad The Monster Squad Written and Produced by Dick Rudolph and Michael Sembello
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol "Citizens on Patrol" Michael Winslow Performed with the LA Dream Team
1988 Colors "Colors" Ice-T #70 on US Billboard Hot 100
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master "A Nightmare on My Street" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Unofficial tribute
1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master "Are You Ready for Freddy" The Fat Boys Features singing from Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger
1989 Ghostbusters II "On Our Own" Bobby Brown #1 on US Billboard R&B
1989 Ghostbusters II "Ghostbusters" Run DMC Written by Ray Parker, Jr.
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Turtle Power" Partners in Kryme #13 on US Billboard Hot 100
1991 The Addams Family "Addams Groove" MC Hammer #7 on US Billboard Hot 100
1991 Cool as Ice "Cool as Ice (Everybody Get Loose)" Vanilla Ice ft. Naomi Campbell #81 on US Billboard Hot 100
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Ninja Rap Vanilla Ice Also performed live in-film in Vanilla Ice's film debut
1992 Deep Cover "Deep Cover Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg's first appearance on record
1992 Gladiator "Gladiator" 3rd Bass The final appearance of 3rd Bass as a group
1992 Juice "Juice (Know the Ledge)" Eric B. & Rakim
1992 Mo' Money "Mo' Money Groove" Mo' Money All-Stars
1992 Trespass "Trespass" Ice Cube & Ice-T
1993 Addams Family Values "Addams Family (Whoomp!)" Tag Team Won Worst Original Song at the 1993 Razzie Awards
1993 Judgment Night "Judgment Night" Biohazard and Onyx
1993 Menace II Society "Streiht Up Menace" MC Eiht
1993 The Meteor Man "Ain't Nobody Bad Like the Meteor Man" Big Hat Ray Ray
1993 Posse "Posse (Shoot 'em Up)" Intelligent Hoodlum
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective "Ace Is In The House" Tone Lōc
1994 Street Fighter "Straight to my Feet" MC Hammer ft. Deion Sanders
1995 Batman Forever "The Riddler" Method Man
1995 Dangerous Minds "Gangsta's Paradise" Coolio #1 best selling single of 1995 on US Billboard
1995 Higher Learning "Higher" Ice Cube
1995 Friday "Friday" Ice Cube
1995 Tales from the Hood "Tales from the Hood" Domino ft. Chill
1996 Set It Off "Set It Off" Organized Noize ft. Queen Latifah
1996 Space Jam "Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes
1996 Space Jam "Space Jam" Quad City DJ's #37 on US Billboard Hot 100
1997 Def Jam's How to Be a Player "How to Be a Playa" Master P, Fiend, and Slikk the Shocker
1997 Men in Black "Men in Black" Will Smith #1 on US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream
1997 Scream 2 "Scream" Master P ft. Silkk the Shocker
1997 Hoodlum "Hoodlum" Mobb Deep ft. Big Noyd and Rakim
1997 Money Talks "Money Talks" Lil' Kim and Andrea Martin
1997 Nothing to Lose "Nothin' to Lose (Naughty Live)" Naughty by Nature
1998 Bulworth "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" Pras ft. Ol' Dirty Bastard & Mýa #15 on US Billboard Hot 100
1998 He Got Game "He Got Game" Public Enemy ft. Stephen Stills
1998 I Got the Hook Up "I Got the Hook Up" Master P featuring Sons of Funk
1998 The Players Club We Be Clubbin' Ice Cube Later remixed for the NBA with Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jackson
1999 Deep Blue Sea "Deepest Bluest" LL Cool J
1999 Foolish "Foolish" Master P, Magic, and Mo B. Dick
1999 Light It Up "Light It Up" Master P & No Limit Records
1999 In Too Deep "In Too Deep" Nas and Nature
1999 Wild Wild West "Wild Wild West" Will Smith #33 on US Billboard Hot 100
2000 Held Up "Held Up" Mo Thugs Family and Layzie Bone
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 "Do U Wanna Roll" (Dolittle Theme)" RL, Lil' Kim, and Snoop Dogg
2001 Hardball "Hardball" Lil' Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Lil' Zane, and Sammie
2001 How High "How High Part II" Method Man & Redman
2001 Pootie Tang Dirty Dee Magic and Master P
2001 The Wash "The Wash" Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg
2001 Baby Boy "Just a Baby Boy" Snoop Dogg ft. Tyrese & Mr. Tan
2002 Brown Sugar "Brown Sugar (Extra Sweet)" Mos Def ft. Faith Evans
2002 Brown Sugar "Brown Sugar (Raw)" Black Star
2002 Brown Sugar "Brown Sugar (Fine)" Mos Def
2002 Men in Black II "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)" Will Smith ft. Trā-Knox
2002 Scooby Doo "Shaggy, Where Are You?" Shaggy Cover of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!"
2003 Biker Boyz "Biker Boyz" Slick Boyz & Mr. Murder
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted "Most Wanted in Malibu" Baby Jaymes and Jamie Kennedy
2004 Soul Plane "Soul Plane" Snoop Dogg ft. La Tolya Williams
2005 Hustle & Flow "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" Three 6 Mafia Won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards
2006 The Shaggy Dog "Big Dog" Akon
2013 Django Unchained "100 Black Coffins" Rick Ross
2016 Phantasm V: Ravager "Phantasm Theme Rap Remix" [[]]

Soundtrack[edit]

These songs are on the film's soundtrack but aren't about the narrative of the film and aren't theme songs or titular. The song must have been published on a record chart to make this list.

Year Film Song Artist Notes
1991 House Party 2 "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" Kid 'n Play #51 on US Billboard Hot 100
1991 Nothing But Trouble "Same Song" Digital Underground ft. 2Pac
1994 Above the Rim "Regulate" Warren G ft. Nate Dogg #2 on US Billboard Hot 100
1994 Street Fighter "Something Kinda Funky" Rally Ral
1995 Friday "Keep Their Heads Ringin" Dr. Dre
1999 Office Space "Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee" Canibus and Biz Markie
2001 The Wash "Bad Intentions" Dr. Dre ft. Knoc-turn'al
2002 8 Mile "Lose Yourself" Eminem Won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 75th Academy Awards
2002 Like Mike "Basketball" Lil' Bow Wow ft. Fundisha, Jermaine Dupri, and Fabolous Cover of a Kurtis Blow song
2002 Like Mike "Take Ya Home" Lil' Bow Wow
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious "Act a Fool" Ludacris #32 on US Billboard Hot 100

Outperformers[edit]

This is a list of songs that outperformed the films with which they are associated. In order to determine the performance of the song or film, their rankings in the top 10 in the US Billboard Hot 100 or US box office records are taken. A ranking's value is determined by subtracting the numerical rank from 11:

The sums of the ranking values of a song or film are then compared as a ratio.

Rank Ratio Song Song rank sum Film Film rank sum
5.8 "Regulate" - Warren G ft. Nate Dogg 70 Above the Rim 12
4.6 "Lose Yourself" - Eminem 138 8 Mile 30
2.7 "Gangsta's Paradise" - Coolio 172 Dangerous Minds 64
1.2 "On Our Own" - Bobby Brown 44 Ghostbusters II 36