Music to Driveby

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Music to Driveby
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1992
RecordedMay 18–June 9, 1992
Compton's Most Wanted chronology
Straight Checkn 'Em
Music to Driveby
Killafornia Organization
Singles from Music to Driveby
  1. "Hood Took Me Under"
    Released: August 20, 1992
  2. "Def Wish II"
    Released: 1992
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Music to Driveby is the third studio album by American gangsta rap group Compton's Most Wanted. It was released on September 29, 1992 through Orpheus/Epic Records. Recording sessions took place at Big Beat Soundlabs in Los Angeles and at Slips X Factor Studios in Inglewood from May 18 to June 9, 1992. Production was handled by members DJ Slip, MC Eiht and DJ Mike T, as well as The Unknown DJ and Ric Roc. It features contributions from William "Willie Z" Zimmerman on background vocals, keyboards, saxophone and harmonica, EMmage on backing vocals, and guest appearance by Scarface of Geto Boys.

The album peaked at number 66 on the Billboard 200 and at number 20 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the United States. Along with the singles, music videos were produced for the songs "Hood Took Me Under" and "Def Wish II".


Music to Driveby is considered one of the great gangsta rap albums from the golden age of hip hop. Similar to N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, Music to Driveby includes similar themes centered around nihilism, 'hood life and participation in gangs. It is notable for the single "Hood Took Me Under", which was later included in 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' radio station Radio Los Santos, and has been considered a classic example of gangsta rap by reviewers. The album contains a diss song aimed at the Bronx rapper Tim Dog, "Who's Fucking Who?", as well as numerous shots thrown at Bloods rapper DJ Quik throughout the album.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Aaron Tyler, except track 9 written with Brad Jordan.

1."Intro"A. Tyler0:21
2."Hit the Floor"T. AllenDJ Slip1:49
3."Hood Took Me Under"M. BryantDJ Mike T3:39
4."Jack Mode"T. AllenDJ Slip3:16
5."Compton 4 Life"A. SimonMaster Ric Roc3:18
6."8 Iz Enough"T. AllenDJ Slip2:48
7."Duck Sick II"
DJ Slip3:43
8."Dead Men Tell No Lies"
  • A. Tyler
  • T. Allen
  • DJ Slip
  • MC Eiht
9."N 2 Deep" (featuring Scarface)
DJ Slip3:51
10."Who's Fucking Who?"
  • T. Allen
  • M. Bryant
  • DJ Slip
  • DJ Mike T
11."This Is a Gang"T. AllenDJ Slip3:37
12."Hoodrat"A. ManuelThe Unknown DJ3:56
13."Niggaz Strugglin"
  • MC Eiht
  • Master Ric Roc
14."I Gots ta Get Over"
  • A. Simon
  • A. Johnson
  • S. Hudman
  • MC Eiht
  • Master Ric Roc
15."U's a Bitch"A. ManuelThe Unknown DJ3:43
16."Another Victim"
  • A. Manuel
  • I. Hayes
The Unknown DJ3:51
17."Def Wish II"A. ManuelThe Unknown DJ3:32
18."Music to Driveby"A. ManuelThe Unknown DJ3:31
Total length:57:29

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Chart history[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 66
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 20


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Music to Driveby - Compton's Most Wanted | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (August 31, 2010). "Compton's Most Wanted :: Music to Driveby :: Epic Records/Sony Music". Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Search". Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Comptons Most Wanted Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Comptons Most Wanted Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.

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