I don't even know where to begin. There is so much to say about this soundtrack. This album came out when I was 15 and I remember the impact of the movie and soundtrack like it was yesterday. In fact, a few wild people ended up shooting at cops after the movie because they were so amped up by the movie. But the soundtrack isn't as hard as the movie was. There are some smooth joints on here too. "Just Ask Me To" features Tevin Campbell and Chubb Rock who are, in my mind, VERY underrated. Hearing that song again made me shed a tear for the death of new jack swing (Al B. Sure produced that track...'nuff said). Monie Love's contribution (Work It Out)is more funky than smooth, but can you really expect a hard track from Monie Love? I think not. It still managed to become one of the bigger hits on the album (depending on your region/location). But the highest points on the album come from the hardcore tracks. Yo Yo (boy, I miss her) contributes "Mama Don't Take No Mess" and Ice Cube gives us a survival walkthrough on "How To Survive In South Central", but the best song on this album comes from Compton's Most Wanted. "Growin' Up In The Hood" is a classic. Period. There really isn't another word for it. Even Main Source hit a home run with "Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball" (Remix). The soundtrack gets smooth again toward the end with Tony Toni Tone's contribution. There were so many classic joints on that album and "Me And You" was one of them. Lukewarm tracks like "Every Single Weekend" from Kam and "It's Your Life" from Too $hort aren't bad songs, but they come off as skippable. And suspect joints like "Spirit (Does Anybody Care?)" from Force One Network, "Hangin' Out" from 2 Live Crew, and "Too Young" from Hi Five keep this album from achieving that masterpiece status. Overall, this is a must have soundtrack for any real hip hop head. This isn't a classic album, but there are some classic joints on this album that make it worth your money and then some. If you haven't heard this by now, you're missing out on something special.
Standout Tracks: Me & You, How To Survive In South Central, Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball (Remix), Work It Out, Growin' Up In The Hood (My Favorite), Mama Don't Take No Mess, and Just Ask Me To