Pop Culture Corner! Menace II Society...30 Years Later

36m | May 29, 2023

In a bonus segment of "Pop Culture Corner", B. Cox & J. Owe look back at Menace II Society as it turns 30.

The film starred Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles S. Dutton and rapper MC Eiht among others, It was directed by brothers Allen and Albert Hughes. The cult classic, whose story about young black men struggling to overcome their environment, became an instant hit within the young black, urban and hip-hop communities. Featuring a raw, violent and gripping tale of hood life in Watts, the movie is referenced alongside Boyz N The Hood some of the best movies in black cinema in the 90s.

The soundtrack, featuring many artists such Ant Banks, UGK, Brand Nubian, DJ., Quik, Pete Rock & CL Smooth Spice 1 and Too $hort, featured the Billboard Top 100 singles "Trigga Gots No Heart" (Spice 1) and "Streiht Up Menace" by movie co-star MC Eiht. The soundtrack was certified platinum and is recognized as one of the best hip-hop based soundtracks of the decade.

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Show Notes

Yahoo: "Menace II Society" At 30: The racial reason the street drama was modeled after Goodfellas.

RockTheBells: Menace II Society Turns 30-6 Dope Songs From The Soundtrack

'Menace II Society': The Relevance of The Gangsta Movie 30 Years Later

MXDWN: Life In The Hood. Looking Back at 'Menace II Society'

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