Above The Rim (Explicit Version) CD (2001)

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Product Overview


Label Death Row Records
SKU 60468961
UPC 728706300421
UPC 14 00728706300421
Format CD
Release Date 5/22/2001
Author Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
CatalogID 63004
Lable Name Death Row (USA)
Released 05/22/2001
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 55s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00728706300421
Album Notes and Credits
Producers include: Brian Alexander Morgan, Nikke Nikole, Devante Swing, Dat Nigga Daz, DJ Quik.
Engineers include: Greg Geitzenauer, Tommy Daugherty, Rob Paustian.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This phenomenal soundtrack is a microcosm of the black pop experience as it exists in 1994. ABOVE THE RIM chronicles the street life of the inner city through the prism of basketball, a game that symbolizes the character and aspirations of today's urban youth. Functioning like a succession of hip hop motifs, the music on ABOVE THE RIM charts many of the bittersweet variations connected with escaping these mean streets...quite literally by soaring above the rim.
Supervising producer Dr. Dre has arranged a vivid selection of tracks to illustrate the sound that's happening right now: a mix of hip-hop, hardcore, old school, new jack swing and contemporary R&B in various pure strains and new compounds. "Anything" (by SWV) and "Regulate" (by Nate Dogg & Warren G) are the first two big singles off of ABOVE THE RIM, the latter a story of the inner city street tariffs done up in a mix of R&B and rap styles (in which "rhythm is life and life is rhythm") over a smooth keyboard vamp, the former a dance groove that combines traditional girl group styles and scratch-styled backgrounds. "Pour Out A Little Liquor" by Thug Life seeks escape from gritty everyday realities in gangsta style rhymes and fourty ouncer good times, while the subterranean funk of "Afro Puffs" features Lady Of Rage's feminine machisma ("I am the roughest roughest roughest, I am the toughest toughest toughest") over a classic Dr. Dre grab bag mix, a nasty collage of funny samples and deep bass.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/2/94, p.72) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Dr. Dre blueprints, with his usual brilliance, the range of black pop to come..."
Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.86) - Ranked #96 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"
Entertainment Weekly (4/15/94, p.62) - "...More than a collection of destined-to-be-hit singles, this soundtrack is a musical event..." - Rating: A
Disc 1
1 Anything - SWV
2 Old Time's Sake - Sweet Sable
3 Part Time Lover - H-Town
4 Big Pimpin' - The Dogg Pound Gangstas
5 Didn't Mean To Turn You On - 2nd II None
6 Doggie Style - D.J. Rogers
7 Regulate - Nate Dogg/Warren G
8 Pour Out A Little Liquor - Thug Life/2Pac
9 Gonna Give It To Ya - Jewell/Aaron Hall
10 Afro Puffs - The Lady Of Rage
11 Jus So Ya No - C.P.O./Boss Hogg
12 Hoochies Need Love Too - Paradise
13 I'm Still In Love With You - Al B. Sure!
14 Crack 'Em - O.F.T.B.
15 U Bring Da Dog Out - Rhythm & Knowledge
16 Blowed Away - B. Rezell
17 It's Not Deep Enough - Jewell
18 Dogg Pound 4 Life - The Dogg Pound Gangstas
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