Juice (Soundtrack Spotlight) 1992: Juice was a 1992 film directed by Spike Lee and Ernest R. Dickerson starring Tupac Shakur as Bishop ,Omar Epps as Q, Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins as Eric “Steel” Thurman and Khalil Kain as Raheem. This was the first of two films that feature Jermaine Hopkins and Kalill with the second being released the following year Menace II Society. The crime drama thriller also featured cameos from Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latiffa, EPMD, Special Ed, Ed Lover, Doctor Dre’, Flex Anderson, Fab Five Freddy, Yo-Yo, Donald Faison and Treach from Naughty By Nature. The film centers around 4 youths growing up in Harlem and dealing with issues that grow in seriousness as they age. Everyday life includes being harassed by the police, dealing with rival neighborhood gangs, their own families and the most difficult of all, themselves. Tupac plays a troubled youth who pulls the trigger and feels the juice or rush that he gets from it and goes on a killing spree with no remorse. Q battles him along the way, struggling to try and do the right thing, but in the end he winds up on the other side of Bishops gun struggling to save himself and his best friend.
Eric B. & Rakim – “Juice (Know The Ledge)”
Naughty By Nature – “Uptown Anthem”
The Soundtrack was released thru MCA Records and made it up to #17 on the Billboard 200, and #3 on the Top R&B Albums. The soundtrack was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on March 4th, 1992 and featured four singles that charted “Uptown Anthem” by Naught by Nature, “Don’t Be Afraid” by Allen Hall, “Juice (Know the Ledge)” by Eric B. & Rakim, And “Is It Good to You” by Teddy Riley and Tammy Lucas. Other songs that stood out where “Sex, Money & Murder” by MC Pooh, “Nuff Respect” by Big Daddy Kane, “So You Want to Be a Gangster” by Too Short, “It’s Going Down” by EPMD, “He’s Gamin’ on Ya” by Salt-n-Peppa, and “Shoot ‘Em Up” by Cypress Hill. Get the repeat button ready for this dope soundtrack which has timeless songs that are still relevant over 20 years later.
Teddy Riley & Tammy Lucas – “Is It Good to You”
Aaron Hall – “Don’t Be Afraid”
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