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The 25 Best Hip-Hop Movie Soundtracks Of All Time

15. Rhyme & Reason

Release date: January 14, 1997
Record label: Priority

The great thing about rap documentaries back in the day: Even if the movies themselves weren't four-star affairs, the chances of their accompanying original soundtracks being of four-star quality were always high.

Case in point: Rhyme & Reason, an otherwise nondescript look at the hip-hop industry's inner workings that inspired an impressive gang of MCs to issue fresh cuts of the strongest quality. 8Ball & MJG stuck closest to the movie's themes with "Reason for Rhyme," while Mack 10 and Tha Dogg Pound combined for the left-coast anthem "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit." Touching all parts of the country, Rhyme and Reason headed to New Orleans for Master P's "Is There a Heaven 4 a Gangsta?" and shot up north for RZA's pre-Bobby Digital in Stereo solo single "Tragedy."

The soundtrack's toughest offering married highly respected lyricists from both the east and west coasts: One-upping each other with vicious punch lines over ghostly horns and boom-bap percussion, Ras Kass, Heltah Skeltah, and Canibus decimated the Rhyme & Reason knockout "Uni-4-Orm."

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