Today in Hip Hop History: Boyz N the Hood Soundtrack

Boyz N the Hood Soundtrack Album Cover

July 9, 1991

Quincy Jones’s Qwest Records released the soundtrack to the movie Boyz N the Hood with the help of Warner Bros. Records in 1991. Boyz N the Hood is an American hood drama depicting lives of black teens in South Central Los Angeles. The film was written and directed by John Singleton starring Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lawrence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long and others.

The soundtrack contained mostly hip hop songs; featuring hip hop artists 2 Live Crew, Compton’s Most Wanted, Kam, Monie Love, Too Short, Main Source and Ice Cube and Yo-Yo, who both starred in the film. Various artists that have songs in the movie but not the soundtrack include Run-DMC, Kool Moe Dee, Newcleus, Zapp, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band and Five Stairsteps.

The album was commercially successful, peaking at #12 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. The soundtrack was also certified RIAA gold by September 12 of that same year.

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