Top 10 Hip-Hop/R&B Movie Soundtracks of All Time

Anyone remember movie soundtracks?  Nowadays, the soundtracks to a great movie don’t get much notoriety as they once did.  But the movie soundtrack was a producer/artists perfect excuse to create a remarkable compilation of the greatest music artists of that time.  Amidst some outstanding hip-hop/R&B soundtracks of all time, there are 10 albums that anyone who is a fan music will enjoy.  Below are the top 10 best hip-hop/R&B movie soundtracks ever created.

10.          Set It Off – This soundtrack will undoubtedly go down as one of the best albums ever made.  The album featured production from several of hip hop and R&B’s top producers including DJ U-Neek, Organized Noize, and DJ Rectangle.  The record made it to #4 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and featured four charting singles, Don’t Let Go En Vogue), Let It Go (Ray J), Days of Our Livez (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony), and Missing You (Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan).  Other artists include were Busta Rhymes, Goodie Mob, Sealm and Queen Latifah.  Extraordinary is the best word that can describe this movie  soundtrack.

9.         High School High – This album is arguably the greatest “real hip-hop” movie soundtrack as all time.  The album did well on the Billboard charts, making it to #20 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was also certified gold by the RIAA.  In addition, five singles made it to the charts, the most successful of which was RZA’s “Wu-Wear: The Garment Renaissance”, which peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Hot Rap Singles.  Other artists on this album included Lil Kim, Faith Evams, Wu Tang Clan, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, the Roots, and Jodeci.  If you have never heard this album, drop everything and go peep it.

8.         The Nutty Professor – This soundtrack did very well on Billboard charts, peaking at #8 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.  The album featured several charting singles, Ain’t Nobody by Monica, I Like by Montell Jordan, and Last Night by Az Yet all made it to the charts with Last Night making it to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

7.         Bad Boys 2 – This is arguably the last great Hip-Hip movie soundtrack ever created to date.  The first single, Jay-Z’s “La-La-La”, is a remix of “Excuse Me Miss” from his album The Blueprint.  The second single from this soundtrack, “Shake Ya Tailfeather”, by Nelly, P. Diddy, and Murphy Lee, reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 46th Grammy Awards.  The album also features songs from artists that include Beyonce, 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, as well as a host of other Baby Boy Records artists.

6.         Thin Line Between Love and Hate – This soundtrack found a great amount of success, peaking at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and contained three charting singles, “Beware of My Crew” (LBC Crew), “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”(H-Town featuring Shirley Murdock and Roger Troutman) and “Let’s Stay Together” by Eric Benet.  Probably the greatest slow jam soundtrack ever made.

5.         Rush Hour – This movie soundtrack was a huge success, peaking at 5 on the Billboard 200 and 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and spawned the #1 single How Deep Is Your Love by Dru Hill.  The record also featured Can I Get A… (Ja Rule feat Jay-Z and Amil), And You Don’t Stop (Wu-Tang Clan), and poetic love ballad Faded Pictures (Case and Joe).  The soundtrack was certified platinum in January 1999, which was well deserved.

4.         Boomerang – Many say that the Boomerang soundtrack was actually better than the movie itself.  The album features Babyface’s Give U My Heart, Toni Braxton’s Love Shoulda Brought You Home, Tribe Called Quests Hot Sex, and Boyz II Men’s legendary single End of Road.  Peaking as high as number 4 on Billboard charts, there is no question that this album is one of the greatest soundtracks (and albums) of the decade.

3.         Dr. Doolittle – This movie soundtrack may go down as the most underrated hip-hop soundtrack of all times.  Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack is a compilation filled with some of the day’s hottest R&B talents.  Songs on this album includes contributions from Aaliyah (Are You That Somebody?), Ginuwine (Same Ol’ G) and Playa (Your Dress) that were all produced by Timbaland.  The record also features Montell Jordan’s re-mix of Let’s Ride, Ray J.’s That’s Why I Lie, and Changing Faces’ track, Do Little Things.  Without a doubt, legendary.

2.         Above the Rim – Regullaaatoooooooooors!! Mount Up!  This album, released in 1994, was possibly the most captivating rap soundtracks of all times.  The soundtrack, released by Death Row and Interscope Records, was executive produced by Suge Knight while Dr. Dre acted as supervising producer on the project.  The soundtrack is also notable for the inclusion of the track Pain and Pour Out a Lil Liquor, which were hip-hop artist 2Pac’s debuts for the Death Row label.  This record also features Regulate (Warren G feat Nate Dogg), Part-Time Lover (H-Town), and Anything (SWV).  Above the Rim soundtrack remained number 1 on the R&B Albums chart for ten nonconsecutive weeks, and topped at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.  Great, simply put.

1.         Waiting to Exhale – Babyface wrote nearly every song on this album.  This is probably why it hails as the number 1 Hip-Hop/R&B soundtrack of all times.  This soundtrack became a huge hit featuring appearances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Whitney Houston, Brandy, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, SWV, and TLC.  The album remained at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for 5 weeks and Top R&B Albums chart for ten weeks, going 16 time platinum worldwide.  That’s right, 16.  It spawned the #1 hits; “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and “Let It Flow”, the #2 hits “Sittin’ Up in My Room” and “Not Gon’ Cry” and the #8 hit “Count on Me,” just to name a few.  Babyface, dubbed the most creative pop-soul musician since the prime of Stevie Wonder, certainly created a masterpiece when he wrote and produce this movie soundtrack.

-Deshawn (@ShonJay714)

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6 Comments

    • Laurent
      April 10, 2013

      How did Love Jones, The Wood and Love and Basketball soundtracks not make this list? also JUICE.

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      • shonjay714
        April 10, 2013

        Neither The Wood or Love Jones soundtrack had accomplished singles.. The Wood’s most acclaimed song was Neck ov da Woods and Love Jones only great was Somethin Somethin by Maxwell

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        • Laurent
          April 10, 2013

          I see where you coming from.

    • Derek
      April 10, 2013

      Wow u forgot one. There is this one soundtrack that i grew up with, and loved called Sunset Park! I remember playing that with ma boys in the summer at the basketball courts! Great songs from 2 pac, mobb deep etc..

      Reply
    • Tori
      April 11, 2013

      Wow..reading this article makes me want to go back and revisit those soundtracks again…the waiting to exhale one was my jamm! They sure don’t make em now like they used to lol

      Reply

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