‘Juice’ is a 1992 crime thriller that was directed by Ernest R. Dickerson who also co-wrote the film with Gerard Brown. The film stars Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Khalil Kain, Jermaine Hopkins, and 2Pac. It is about a group of youths living in Harlem, and it touches on topics such as rival gangs and police harassment. ‘Juice’ was a low-budget movie made on a budget of just $5 million and it grossed $20.1 million at the worldwide box office. The ‘Juice’ soundtrack mainly featured hip-hop music, and the album was a commercial success. It was recorded in New York City at Unique Recording Studios and was released by MCA Records in 1991, before the movie’s release. The album reached number 17 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number three on the Top R&B Albums chart. Here are all the songs from the ‘Juice’ soundtrack ranked.
14. What Could Be Better B****, Son of Bazerk, 1991
Son of Bazerk recorded ‘What Could Be Better B****’ in 1991. It is a hip-hop song with soul influences. Not only did it appear on the ‘Juice’ soundtrack, but it also featured on Son of Bazerk’s album ‘Bazerk, Bazerk, Bazerk,’ which features No Self Control and the Band.
13. Flipside, Juvenile Committee, 1991
Juvenile Committee recorded ‘Flipside’ for the ‘Juice’ soundtrack in 1991. The hip-hop song features a sample of Lyn Collins’ 1972 song ‘Think (About It).’
12. Does Your Man Know About Me, Raheim, 1991
Rahiem recorded ‘Does Your Man Know About Me’ in 1991. The track samples Marvin Gaye’s 1976 song ‘I Want You.’
11. Shoot ‘Em Up, Cypress Hill, 1991
‘Shoot ‘Em Up’ was written by Sen Dog, B-Real, and DJ Muggs. It was recorded in 1991 by Cypress Hill for the ‘Juice’ soundtrack.
10. It’s Going Down, EPMD, 1991
EPMD recorded ‘It’s Going Down’ in 1991for the ‘Juice’ soundtrack, and it also featured on the EPMD album ‘Business Never Personal.’ The song samples several other tracks say Who Sampled. These include ‘I Want You’ by Marvin Gaye, ‘Long Red’ by Mountain, and ‘The Big Beat’ by Billy Squier. It is also sampled in two other songs, which are ‘Hardcore Funk’ by Figure Uv Speech and ‘4 Wheel Kombat’ by Jeep Beat Collective.’
9. So You Want to Be a Gangster, Too Short, 1991
Too Short recorded ‘So You Want to Be a Gangster’ in 1991 for the ‘Juice’ soundtrack.’ Too Short’s album ‘Shorty the Pimp’ also features this song.
8. Sex, Money & Murder, MC Pooh, 1991
‘Sex, Money & Murder’ was recorded by rapper MC Pooh, also known as Pooh-Man, in 1991. It was recorded for the ‘Juice’ soundtrack,’ and MC Pooh did not release it as a single.
7. Nuff Respect, Big Daddy Kane, 1991
Big Daddy Kane sampled five other songs in ‘Nuff Respect.’ These included ‘The Boogie Man’ by the Jackson 5, ‘Ashley’s Roadclip by the Soul Searchers, ‘Cosmic Energy’ by Kool & the Gang, and ‘Let’s Dance’ by Pleasure.
6. People Get Ready, The Brand New Heavies & N’Dea Davenport, 1991
The Brand New Heavies are a British acid jazz and funk group. They originally recorded ‘People Get Ready’ for their self-titled debut album in 1990. The version in ‘Juice’ was recorded in 1991, and it features vocals from N’Dea Davenport.
5. He’s Gamin’ on Ya, Salt-n-Peppa, 1991
‘He’s Gamin’ on Ya’ was a song recorded in 1991 especially for ‘Juice’ by the hip-hop duo Salt-n-Peppa. They did not release the song independently as a single.
4. Is It Good to You, Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas, 1991
‘Is It Food to You’ is one of the four singles released from the movie’s soundtrack, and it was recorded by Teddy Riley and Tammy Lucas in 1991. According to Genius, the song plays during the vinyl shop scene. It was previously recorded by Heavy D for his album ‘Peaceful Journey.’
3. Don’t Be Afraid, Aaron Hall, 1991
‘Don’t Be Afraid’ plays when Q and Yolanda are in bed. It also plays during the end credits. The song was recorded by American singer-songwriter Aaron Hall in 1991, and it is one of the four songs from the soundtrack that was released as a single. When Hall recorded this song, he had just launched his solo career after splitting from the hip-hop group Guy, although the trio later reunited.
2. Uptown Anthem, Naughty by Nature, 1991
‘Uptown Anthem’ was one of the songs released from the ‘Juice’ soundtrack. It was recorded in 1991 by the hip-hop group Naughty by Nature. One of the members of the group, Treach, had a cameo role in the film. The music video for the song features rapper 2Pac, who also stars in the film.
1. Juice (Know the Ledge), Eric B. & Rakim, 1991
‘Juice (Know the Ledge),’ which was later known just as ‘Know the Ledge,’ was a song from the ‘Juice’ soundtrack that was released as a single by the hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. 50 Cent once claimed that it was this song that made him want to become a rapper. In addition to featuring in ‘Juice,’ the song is also featured in the films ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘High Fidelity.’ It has also been featured in multiple television shows and video games.