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20 Best Soundtracks From Classic Black Films

Juice, The Bodyguard, Paid In Full

Photo: Geffen Records/Arista Records/UMG Recordings

When you think of classic Black films, you can't help but also think of the soundtracks that accompanied them. Movies like Above The Rim (1992), Waiting To Exhale (1995), and Bad Boys II (2003) all had remarkable soundtracks full of timeless music that was featured in the film or was inspired by it.

Over the past three decades, some of the best acts in the music industry have blessed us with the most iconic music that was inspired by your favorite movies. Legendary musicians like Stevie Wonder, Teddy Riley, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston have all contributed to stellar soundtracks during their hay days. Meanwhile, rappers like JAY-Z, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have also curated entire soundtracks for some of the most memorable Black films in Hollywood.

While we've already shared 10 of the Greatest Black Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s, in honor of Black Music Month, we’re honoring the classic soundtracks inspired by some of the best Black films ever made.

New Jack City (1991)

New Jack City

Photo: Giant/Reprise Records

Stand Out Track(s): “For The Love of Money/Living For The City” Troop/Levert & Queen Latifah, “New Jack Hustler (Nino’s Theme)” Ice-T

Featured Artists: Johnny Gill, Christopher Williams, Guy, Keith Sweat, 2 Live Crew, Essence, Color Me Badd

Juice (1991)


Photo: Geffen Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Know The Ledge” Eric B. & Rakim

Featured Artists: Teddy Riley, Naughty By Nature, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Cypress Hill, Too $hort, Salt-N-Pepa

Above The Rim (1992)

Above The Rim

Photo: Death Row/Interscope Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Regulate” Warren G & Nate Dogg, “Pour Out a Little Liquor” 2Pac & Thug Life

Featured Artists: SWV, Snoop Dogg, The Lady of Rage, Al B Sure!, Jewell, Tha Dogg Pound

The Bodyguard (1992)

The Bodyguard

Photo: Arista Records

Stand Out Track(s): “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston

Featured Artists: Whitney Houston, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M., Aaron Neville

Deep Cover (1992)

Deep Cover

Photo: SOLAR Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Deep Cover” Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg

Featured Artists: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Jewell, Shabba Ranks

Poetic Justice (1993)

Poetic Justice

Photo: Epic Soundtrax/Sony

Stand Out Track(s): “Indo Smoke” Mista Grimm featuring Warren G & Nate Dogg, “One in a Million” Pete Rock & CL Smooth, “Call Me A Mack” Usher

Featured Artists: TLC, Babyface, Naughty By Nature, 2Pac, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Stevie Wonder

Menace II Society (1993)

Menace II Society

Photo: Jive Records

Stand Out Tracks: “Only The Strong Survive” Too $hort, “Pocket Full of Stones” UGK, “Straight up Menace” MC Eiht

Featured Artists: Brand Nubian, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Boogie Down Productions, Spice 1 

Waiting To Exhale (1995)

Waiting to Exhale

Photo: Arista Records

Stand Out Track(s): "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" Whitney Houston, “Sitting Up In My Room” Brandy, “Not Gon Cry” Mary J. Blige

Featured Artists: Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, TLC, Chaka Khan, SWV, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, CeCe Winans

Space Jam (1995)

Space Jam

Photo: Warner Sunset/Atlantic Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)" B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J and Method Man, “For You I Will” Monica

Featured Artists: JAY-Z, Quad City DJ’s, Seal, D’Angelo, Salt-N-Pepa, Barry White, Biz Markie

Friday (1995)


Photo: Priority Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Friday” Ice Cube, “Keep Their Heads Ringin” Dr. Dre

Featured Artists: Scarface, Mack 10, The Isley Brothers, Rick James, Bootsy Collins, 2 Live Crew

Belly (1998)


Photo: Def Jam Recordings

Stand Out Track(s): “Top Shotter” DMX, Sean Paul, Mr. Vegas, “Devil’s Pie” D’Angelo

Featured Artists: Nas, Method Man, Ja Rule, Noreaga, JAY-Z, Mya, Wu-Tang Clan, Sauce Money, Gang Starr

Next Friday (1999)

Next Friday

Photo: Priority Records

Stand Out Track(s): “You Can Do It” Ice Cube, “I Don’t Wanna” Aaliyah, “Fried Day” Bizzy Bone

Featured Artists: N.W.A., Vita, Ja Rule, Big Tymers, Lil Wayne, Mack 10, Snoop Dogg, Pharoahe Monch, Lil’ Zane, Wu-Tang Clan 

Baby Boy (2001)

Baby Boy

Photo: UMG Recordings

Stand Out Track(s): “Just A Baby Boy” Snoop Dogg ft. Tyrese & Mr. Tan, “Just A Man” Raphael Saadiq

Featured Artists: Three 6 Mafia, Bootsy Collins, Anthony Hamilton, Macy Gray, B.G., Baby

How High (2001)

How High

Photo: Def Jam Recordings

Stand Out Track(s): “Part II” Method Man and Redman, “Da Rockwilder” Method Man and Redman, “Round And Round (Remix)” Jonell

Featured Artists: DMX, Ludacris, Shawnna, Mary J. Blige, Cypress Hill

Paid in Full (2002)

Paid In Full

Photo: UMG Recordings

Stand Out Track(s): “Champions” Damon Dash, Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, Cam'ron, Young Chris, Twista, DJ Clue, “I’m Ready” Cam’ron ft Jim Jones & Juelz Santana

Featured Artists: Eric B & Rakim, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, JAY-Z, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, M.O.P., Peedi Crakk

Bad Boys II (2003)

Bad Boys II

Photo: Bad Boy Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Shake Ya Tailfeather” Diddy, Nelly & Murphy Lee, “La La La” JAY-Z, “Didn’t Mean” Mary J. Blige

Featured Artists: Dre, 50 Cent, The Notorious B.I.G., Loon, Snoop Dogg, Foxy Brown, Mario Winans, Beyoncé, Freeway, Lenny Kravitz, M.O.P.

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Hustle & Flow

Photo: Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records

Stand Out Track(s): “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Hensen, “I’m a King (Remix)” P$C ft. T.I. & Lil Scrappy, “Bad B***h” Webbie & Trina

Featured Artists: 8Ball & MJG, Trillville, E-40, Juvenile, Mike Jones, Boosie Badazz, Nicole Wray

American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster

Photo: Roc-A-Fella Records

Stand Out Track(s): “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)” JAY-Z, “Ignorant S**t” JAY-Z ft Beanie Sigel

Featured Artists: Lil Wayne, Nas

Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre (2015)


Photo: Aftermath/Interscope Records

Stand Out Track(s): “All in a Day's Work" Dr. Dre ft. Anderson .Paak and Marsha Ambrosius, "Deep Water" Dr. Dre ft Kendrick Lamar, Justus and Anderson .Paak, "For the Love of Money" Dr. Dre ft. Jill Scott, Jon Connor and Anderson .Paak

Featured Artists: BJ The Chicago Kid, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Xzibit

The Harder They Fall (2021)

The Harder They Fall

Photo: Roc Nation

Stand Out Track(s): “Guns Go Bang” Kid Cudi & JAY-Z, “Black Woman” Fatoumata Diawara & Ms. Lauryn Hill

Featured Artists: CeeLo Green, Seal, Jadakiss, Conway The Machine, Koffee 

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