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Soul II Soul's "Back to Life" in Belly
Film Released: 1998
The iconic opening scene of Belly had us thinking Hype Williams would make a truly dope movie. Yes, Belly is fun to watch, but it's basically made a series of music videos with incredible visuals disguised as a movie filled with wooden acting, an incomprehensible plot, and a bathtub worth of baby oil for DMX's main squeeze. But still. The use of Soul II Soul's "Back To Life" is unforgettable.
The song is a hip-hop staple, and has been sampled by everyone from Fat Joe to C-Murder. DJ Clue recruited Mary J. Blige to record a cover version called "Back 2 Life 2001." However, Hype Williams choose to use the original acapella version of the song, as opposed to the reworked version (subtitled "However Do You Want Me"), which became a huge hit both in the U.S. and the U.K.