'Menace II Society' Turns 30: 6 Dope Songs From the Soundtrack

'Menace II Society' Turns 30: 6 Dope Songs From the Soundtrack

Published Fri, May 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM EDT

Menace II Society is the 1993 directorial debut of Albert and Allen Hughes which chronicles life in South Central Los Angeles.

The film, which starred Larenz Tate, Bill Duke, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tyrin Turner and Charles Dutton, was released to critical-acclaim, praised for its nuanced, raw storytelling.

Although Menace explored life in South Central, the soundtrack for the film was a bi-coastal affair. Released on Jive Records, it peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums, and featured Too Short, Smooth, Brand Nubian, MC Eiht, Spice 1, Ant Banks, DJ Quik and Boogie Down Productions.

Here are 6 dope songs from the soundtrack.

1. "Streiht Up Menace" - MC Eiht

MC Eiht contributed one of his best and most celebrated songs to the soundtrack with "Streiht Up Menace." The cinematic track combined with Eiht's tales from the hood made this the unofficial theme song of the film.

2. "Trigga Gots No Heart" - Spice 1

One of Spice 1's best releases, "Trigga Gots No Heart" perfectly captures and conveys the thoughts and actions of one of the film's main characters, O-Dog.

3. "P is Still Free" - Boogie Down Productions

"The P Is Still Free" is actually the third iteration of this song, which was originally the B-side of Boogie Down Productions' "South Bronx" single. Its inclusion in the film's soundtrack balanced out the bicoastal lineup.

4. "Death Becomes You" - Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat. YG'z

One of Pete Rock & CL Smooth's lesser known tracks, CL Smooth delivers a more rugged flow and message than usual over Pete Rock's stripped down production.

5. "Lick Dem Muthaphuckas" - Brand Nubian

This slow tempo banger sees Sadat and Lord Jamar trade verses over a bass-heavy beat. A remixed version later appeared on the group's third album, Everything Is Everything.

6. "Only The Strong Survive" - Too $hort

Over a funked out slow track, Short Dog spits game about how to survive and navigate the streets. The song also appeared on Short's single, "I'm A Player."

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