The Definitive 90s Hip Hop Study Guide

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The mystery man behind @90s.era gave us a master list of his top ten favorite hip hop and R&B movies and songs from the 90s, along with a short description on why they matter to him, and why they probs should matter to you.

Top 10 90s Movies

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

“This movie follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects. I like this movie because it shows how it is in the hood, and the odds we have to face growing in it.”

Boyz N The Hood.

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Menace To Society (1993)

A young street hustler attempts to escape the rigors and temptations of the ghetto in a quest for a better life. I love this movie because it explains how people try to get out of the hood, but it’s not as easy as you think because your past catches up to you. One of my favorites because it has very good scenes and demonstrates what really goes on.

Menace II Society. 1993.

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Friday (1995) 

“Two homies, Smokey and Craig, smoke a dope dealer’s weed and try to figure a way to get the $200 they owe to the dealer by 10 p.m. that same night. In that time, they smoke more weed and get jacked and shot at in a drive-by. I love this movie because Chris Tucker made it very funny. It has a lot of comedy in it and they’re basically just chilling in front of the porch and looking whats going on in the hood. It actually shows real time examples of what actually goes on.”

Joy✨ Friday – (1995)

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Poetic Justice (1993)

“In this film, we see the world through the eyes of main character, Justice, a young African-American poet. A mail carrier invites a few friends along for a long overnight delivery run. I love this movie because my favorite rapper Tupac Shakur starred in it. Also it has a lot love and romantic scenes in it.”

Poetic Justice (1993)

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Set It Off (1996)

“Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another. I love this movie because not a lot of movies show girls robbing a bank. This movie showed just girls robbing a bank together & how friends share loyalty with each other throughout the movie, very sad at the end.”

Set It Off, favorite movie

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Soul Food (1997)

“One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart. I like this movie because it shows how family struggle during times, and it has a lot of love scenes in it.”

Soul Food. 1997.

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The Wood (1999)

“While dealing with a friend’s cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends. I love this movie because it demonstrates brotherhood. As well as how you can have everything going on for you like a scholarship in a sport and it can all be taken away from you for hanging out with the wrong friends who are gang related.”

Tamala Jones in “The Wood” 1999.

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The Players Club (1998)

“A woman must contend with rival strippers and her boss in an attempt to make a legitimate living. I love this movie because it talks about females hustling. it shows how a female works at strip club to make money for her family but it wasn’t really her ideal job to begin with for her, but she ended up getting caught up living a fantasy she never wanted, just to make money.”

The Players Club. (1998)

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B.A.P.S (1997) 

“Two tacky homegirls move to L.A. to become dancers; instead they scam a dying millionaire but eventually become B*A*P*S (Black American Princesses). This is a comedy movie with two girls who try to make their way into rich people’s houses & take all their wealth. Trying to scam their way into millionaires.”


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Don’t Be A Menace (1996)

“‘Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking your Juice in the Hood’ is a parody of several U.S. films about being in the ‘Hood’, for instance ‘Boyz n the Hood’, ‘South Central’ etc. This movie is pretty much one of my favorites because it copies several of big movies from the 90s and makes a comedy out of all of them.”

Tracey Cherelle Jones in “Don’t Be A Menace” 1996.

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Top 10 90s Songs

Aaliyah – One In a Million

“I like this song by Aaliyah because she trying to say to treat her like she the only one in the world & her love is like one out of a million.”

She was heaven on earth.

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Nas – If I Ruled The World

“I love this song by Nas because he shows how he would have a lot of power if he ruled the whole world.”

Nas – If I Ruled The World 🌎

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Lil Kim – Crush On You

“One of Lil Kim great song she made with Lil Cease, her just being a boss as usual.”

Lil Kim – Crush On You

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The Notorious B.I.G ft Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems

“One of my favorite songs, it shows how once you have more money, you get more problems. Pretty much more of everything brings more envy.”

The Notorious B.I.G ft. Mase – Mo Money Mo Problems

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Blaque – Bring It All To Me

“One of Blaque’s greatest hits, demonstrates to bring your all to me and not just a little bit of you.”

Blaque – Bring It All To Me

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Jon B – They Don’t Know

“Jon B who made this song showing that they don’t know about our love.”

Jon B – They Don’t Know

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Ginuwine – So Anxious

“Ginuwine made a lot of hits back in the day, and it’s pretty much him saying he’s anxious for your loving.”

Ginuwine – So anxious

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Joe – All The Things

“Joe showing all the things he can do that your current man won’t do. This is a great love song.”

Joe – All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do)

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H Town – Emotions

“H Town group singing that 90s R&B love song about different type of love emotions.”

H-Town – Emotions 💕 R.I.P Dino

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Soul For Real – Candy Rain

“Candy Rain is a classic song, everyone knows this is a banger.”

Soul For Real – Candy Rain

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