To be honest, I only saw this movie once because the education system in most public schools scares me worse than the spider doll in Toy Story. By this time in the 90’s we were getting all sorts of rap influenced soundtracks featuring the hottest rappers at the time. Thanks to Yo! MTV Raps and other programs rap became a mainstream part of life…on mostly black influenced films however. Even though there are some films who integrate rap and new R&B sympathetically there is still a majority of films such movies as Boyz in the Hood, Poetic Justice and of course Dangerous Minds where it is commonplace and expected. By the by, that little “Parental Advisory” sticker is a useless waste of consumer money! All that meant is the album most likely had the word “damn” and/or “fuck” somewhere in one line of lyrics!
So let’s just put this on the table now. Yes, Coolio had a big hit with “Gangsta’s Paradise”. It was the main song on the soundtrack, Michelle was in the video, it won awards…and I really don’t see much of Coolio besides that. Not that it wouldn’t be cool to see him again…most people will only remember this song. To be fair though, I’m sure this song is the reason a lot of high school freshman bought this soundtrack…you know, gave ’em street cred! I live in a horribly backwards world…just wanted to say.
- “Gangsta’s Paradise” (feat. L.V.) – Coolio (Sample: “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder)
- “Curiosity” – Aaron Hall (Sample: “Four Play” by Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns)
- “Havin Thangs” – Big Mike
- “Problems” – Rappin’ 4-Tay
- “True O.G.” (feat. Static) – Mr. Dalvin
- “Put Ya Back Into It” – Tre Black (Sample: “Cars” by Gary Numan)
- “Don’t Go There” – 24-K
- “Feel the Funk” – Immature (Sample: “Love Changes” by Kashif)
- “It’s Alright” (feat. Craig Mack) – Sista
- “A Message for Your Mind” – Rappin’ 4-Tay (Sample: “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5)
- “Gin & Juice” (feat. Static) – DeVante Swing
- “This Is the Life” – Wendy & Lisa