The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits

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The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits
Hip Hop Hits 1.jpg
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedDecember 16, 1997
The Source chronology
The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits
The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits, Vol. 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits is the first annual music compilation album[2] to be contributed by The Source magazine.[3][4] Released on December 16, 1997 and distributed through Polygram Records, Hip Hop Hits: Volume 1 features eighteen hip hop and rap hits. Five tracks on the album had reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart: "Bow Down," "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down", "Crush on You," "Elevators" and "Hypnotize". Two of the songs, "Hypnotize" and "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" reached number-one on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and pop charts.

Commercial performance[edit]

It went to number 25 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart (making it the highest charting Hip Hop Hits album on that chart to date) and peaked at number 38 on the Billboard 200 album chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Hypnotize" (performed by The Notorious B.I.G.)3:49
2."Triumph" (performed by Wu-Tang Clan)5:38
3."Look Into My Eyes" (performed by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)4:19
4."Da Joint" (performed by EPMD)3:27
5."Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" (performed by Puff Daddy and Mase)
  • Sean "Puffy" Combs
  • 6 July
  • Nashiem Myrick
6."Bout It, Bout It" (performed by Master P and Mia X)
  • Beats By The Pound
7."Front Lines (Hell on Earth)" (performed by Mobb Deep)4:34
8."Mary Jane" (performed by Scarface)4:41
9."Big Bad Mamma" (performed by Foxy Brown and Dru Hill)3:53
10."Firm Biz" (performed by The Firm)3:50
11."Bow Down" (performed by Westside Connection)3:27
12."Whateva Man" (performed by Redman)3:08
13."Elevators (Me & You)" (performed by OutKast)4:25
14."Crush on You" (performed by Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease)4:32
15."I'll Be" (performed by Foxy Brown and Jay-Z)
  • Shawn Carter
  • Jean-Claude Olivier
  • Samuel Barnes
  • Angela Winbush
  • René Moore
  • Bobby Watson
  • Bruce Swedien
  • Trackmasters
16."We Trying to Stay Alive" (performed by Wyclef Jean and Refugee Camp All-Stars)3:11
17."Phenomenon" (performed by LL Cool J)
  • Sean "Puffy" Combs
  • Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence
18."Hay" (performed by Crucial Conflict)
  • Wondosas Martin
  • Marrico King
  • Corey Johnson
  • Ralph Leverston
  • Wildstyle
Total length:1:15:07


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Music: Source Presents: Hip Hop Hits (CD) by Various Artists". 1997-12-16. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  3. ^ Music USA: the rough guide, By R. Unterberger, S. Hicks, J. Dempsey (1999) p. 49
  4. ^
  5. ^ Billboard magazine, Dec. 5, 1998. Retrieved July 2011