Various Artists Above The Rim Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Ghetto:Orion

Celebrating 30 Years of Death Row Records’ ‘Above the Rim’ Soundtrack

Today marks a significant milestone in Hip-Hop history as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of Death Row Records’ iconic soundtrack, “Above the Rim.” Released in collaboration with Interscope Records, this soundtrack not only accompanied the popular film but also stood out as a compilation album in its own right.

Executive produced by Suge Knight and Dr. Dre, the “Above the Rim” soundtrack became one of the most revered movie soundtracks of all time. Featuring a stellar lineup of artists including 2Pac, Warren G, SWV, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage, and more, the album boasted a collection of hits that captured the essence of the era.

The soundtrack’s success was undeniable, earning the prestigious 1995 Source Award for Soundtrack of the Year. With its infectious tracks and star-studded lineup, “Above the Rim” resonated with audiences and critics alike, catapulting it to the top of the charts.

In its debut year, the soundtrack sold an impressive 2,000,000 copies and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. While it may have missed the top spot on the mainstream chart, “Above the Rim” secured its place at #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, solidifying its status as a Hip-Hop classic.

As we celebrate three decades of “Above the Rim,” let’s take a trip down memory lane with some standout tracks from this legendary soundtrack, reminding us of its enduring greatness and cultural impact.

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