No film is complete without an accompanying arrangement of music. The original soundtrack can be a complimentary piece that plays as an extension of the movie, extending the viewing experience beyond the screen. And even if the movie’s complete basura, sometimes the soundtrack can be its saving grace. We picked out 10 of our favorite OSTs that definitely shined brighter than the movies they were associated with and definitely experienced more replay value.
Soul In The Hole (1997)
The ’97 basketball doc about Kenny’s Kings wasn’t bad but the soundtrack left a longer lasting impression. Featuring production by both DJ Premier and RZA, the OST held tracks from Xzibit (“Los Angeles Times”), O.C. (“Your Life”), Brand Nubian (“A Child Is Born”) and the Wu All-Stars doing what would serve as the flick’s title track. But the crown jewel? Big Pun’s “You Ain’t A Killer.”
The buddy flick starring Tupac in a lead role alongside Tim Roth and the accompanying soundtrack were werelargely forgettable – even though it did manage to chart gold – if it were not for one of Pac’s greater songs “Never Had A Friend Like Me” and it’s poetic opening lines “See at night I watch the sky, I take another breath, I smoke my Newport to the butt, Like it’s the last motherfucker left, Just me and you evading enemies, Let you get my last shot of Hennessy.”
I’m Bout It (1997)
Argue all you want – I’m Bout It may be a hood classic but by cinematic standards the shit ranks was turrible (c) Charles Barkley. Still, the soundtrack was anything but a failure by rap standards. Percy lived up to his Master name by pulling together a quality contributions from E-40 and B-Legit (“Come On”), the club monster “How Ya Do Dat,” a slumpin’ banger from Brotha Lynch Hung (“Situation on Dirty”) and an album opener that deserves honorable mention as one of the bests of all time (“Meal Ticket”). And, they threw in the ultra sultry “Pushin’ Inside You” somehow…and it bangin’ just as hard as the rest of the tape.
Dr. Doolittle (1998)
After the success of Eddie Murphy’s Nutty Professor movies, Hollywood thought it’d be a good idea to cast the former SNL funny man into another throwback, family-oriented franchise. Well, even though most fans of the man’s comedy will tell you this was a turning point for the worst in his film career, the OST featured some of the hottest acts of the moment. Seemingly overseen by Timbaland, the lead singles are late ’90s classics like Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” and Ginuwine’s “Same Ol G,” along with Twista’s mood-setting “In Your World.”
Tales From The Hood (1995)
The ratio for least played movie, most replayed soundtrack is completely unbalanced here. The “horror film” wasn’t even worth the one watch it was given. The compilation of songs – which reached the top of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts – was. The features covered coast to coast from Wu and Ol’ Dirty to Spice-1 and MC Eiht down bottom to Scarface and Face Mob.
The fact of the matter is, the Supercop OST isn’t the total package. See, this soundtrack comes from a point in time when labels used the platform to showcase their full roster. While that formula worked amidst the context of an oddball Jackie Chan action-flick, listening to the actual soundtrack became somewhat awkward. For example, a dope Warren G track like “What’s Love Got To Do With It” was unique to this album, but featured directly after Tom Jones’ “Kung-Fu Fighting.” Then, there’s a classic Tupac track like “Made Niggaz,” following a Nine Inch Nails cover by Devo. The consistency of the album didn’t really hold up, but sprinkling some classic West Coast flavor throughout the album definitely made it worth the purchase at the time.
I Got The Hook Up (1998)
If you recall, the neon green plastic cover to the soundtrack to Master P’s big budget letdown highlighted the names of the featured artists, which included an all-star list of talent (TRU, Snoop, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs, Jay-Z, Mack 10, Eightball & MJG, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mystikal, UGK, etc.). Thankfully, this big-budget OST upheld the esteem with select cuts from legendary MCs like Cube (“Ghetto Vet”) and Jigga (“What The Game Made Me”). Plus, Percy’s “Hook Up” hood ballad is still priceless as ever.
No one’s here to judge you if this 2003 film is on your list of guilty pleasures, but the second coming of Dirty Dancing it was not. Having noted that, the soundtrack wasn’t too shabby with quality cuts. With Erick Sermon and Redman’s “React,” Sean Paul’s “Gimmie The Light” (a MONSTER hit at the time), Mark Ronson’s “Ooh Wee” with Ghostface and Nate Dogg, Fabolous’ “Now Ride,” Amerie’s “Think Of You” and Goapele’s “Closer,” it’s safe to say a better choice may have been to secure the soundtrack as opposed to an actual movie ticket.
The Wash (2001)
Considering he’s somewhat of a recluse, it’s odd Doc Dre chose a C-grade comedy and lead role as a car wash manager for his break out acting role. Yet, despite a poor IMDB score, the odd pairing with his old pal Snoop provided a surprisingly well-rounded soundtrack that featured a slew of Aftermath talent from the label’s prime. More notably at the time, the well-produced project featured a much needed Left Coast resurgence with Knoctunal on “Bad Intentions” and “Str8 West Coast,” along with Dre and the Doggfather’s ”G Thang” reunion on the well-done title track.
In Too Deep (1999)
According to Wikipedia, the movie “recouped its budget.” So, yeah, that’s cool. The soundtrack though? Just run through a sample size:
— Jagged Edge – “Keys To The Range”
— Capone N’ Noreaga Feat. The LOX – “Bleeding From The Mouth”
— Mobb Deep – “Where Ya Heart At”
— Jill Scott – “Dreaming”
— Mobb Deep Feat. Lil Kim – “Quiet Storm (Remix)”
Oh, and the soundtrack also housed some song called “How To Rob” by a then little know rapper from New York named 50 Cent. He went on to make a halfway decent name for himself, wouldn’t you say?