Friday, April 15, 2011

Soundtrack: Above the Rim

Alright, let's switch things up here - musically, I mean.  We have had jazz, country, a little Danny Elfman (he's his own category) and some instrumental scores. Now we are delving into the West Coast Hip Hop genre for the #96 on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Soundtracks from the 1994 Basketball film: Above the Rim.

This film starred Duane Marin, Tupac Shakur, Marlon Wayans, and Bernic Mac and was about a promising high school basketball player and his relationship with his two older brothers. The film would be a totally forgotten one had it not been for the soundtrack.

The album was released by Interscope Records and Death Row in early 1994. It was produced by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre. and received critical acclaim and commercial success that year. Above the Rim, also, was widely known for debuting the Death Row label and its first song "Pain" by Tupac Shakur.

Also, featured on the album is Snoop Dogg, SVW, CPO and even a song or two from Jewell (not to be confused with the other Jewel). Jewell a.k.a. Ju-L is probably best known for singing chorus for "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg.

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