Music to Driveby
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Studio album by Compton's Most Wanted

Released

September 29, 1992

Recorded

May 18 - June 9, 1992

Studio

Big Beat Soundlabs
(Los Angeles, CA)
Slips X Factor Studios
(Inglewood, CA)

Genre

Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, G-funk, Hardcore hip hop, Gangsta rap

Length

57:29

Label

Orpheus Records / Epic Records

Producer

DJ Mike T, DJ Slip, Master Ric Roc, MC Eiht, The Unknown DJ (also exec.)

Compton's Most Wanted chronology

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Straight Checkn 'Em (1991)

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Represent (2000)

Music to Driveby is the third studio album by American hip hop group Compton's Most Wanted, released in September 29, 1992 through Orpheus Records and Epic Records. Recording sessions took place at Big Beat Soundlabs in Los Angeles and at Slips X Factor Studios in Inglewood from May 18 to June 9, 1992. Production was handled by members: DJ Slip, MC Eiht, DJ Mike T, The Unknown DJ and Master Ric Roc. It includes a guest appearance by Scarface (of Geto Boys). The album features gangsta rap themes centered around nihilism, hood life and participation in gangs. It is notable for the song "Hood Took Me Under", which was later featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and is considered a classic gangsta rap song. The album contains the Tim Dog diss "Who's Fuckin’ Who?", as well as numerous shots at DJ Quik throughout.

Music to Driveby peaked at #66 on the Billboard 200, and #20 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It has received positive reviews, and is often considered a classic gangsta rap album and Compton's Most Wanted's best work. After its release, frontman MC Eiht embarked on a solo career and released several solo albums (although his first two are credited to "MC Eiht featuring Compton's Most Wanted"). As of 2019, the album has sold over 650,000 copies.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - Tyler MC Eiht 0:20
2. "Hit the Floor" MC Eiht Allen, Tyler DJ Slip 1:49
3. "Hood Took Me Under" MC Eiht Bryant, Tyler DJ Mike T 3:39
4. "Jack Mode" MC Eiht Allen, Tyler DJ Slip 3:16
5. "Compton 4 Life" MC Eiht Simon, Tyler Master Ric Roc 3:18
6. "8 Iz Enough" MC Eiht Allen, Tyler DJ Slip 2:48
7. "Duck Sick II" MC Eiht Allen, Manuel, Tyler DJ Slip, Unknown 3:43
8. "Dead Men Tell No Lies" MC Eiht Allen, Tyler MC Eiht, DJ Slip 3:41
9. "N 2 Deep" MC Eiht, Scarface Allen, Hayes, Jordan, Tyler DJ Slip 3:51
10. "Who's Xxxxing Who?" MC Eiht Allen, Bryant, Tyler DJ Mike T, DJ Slip 1:47
11. "This Is a Gang" MC Eiht Allen, Tyler DJ Slip 3:37
12. "Hoodrat" MC Eiht Manuel, Tyler Unknown 3:56
13. "Niggaz Strugglin" MC Eiht Garson, Hillar, Simon, Tyler Master Ric Roc, MC Eiht 3:31
14. "I Gots to Get Over" MC Eiht Hudman, Johnson, Simon, Tyler Master Ric Roc, MC Eiht 3:36
15. "U's a Bitch" MC Eiht Manuel, Tyler Unknown 3:43
16. "Another Victim" MC Eiht Hayes, Manuel, Tyler Unknown 3:51
17. "Def Wish II" MC Eiht Manuel, Tyler Unknown 3:32
18. "Music to Driveby" MC Eiht Manuel, Tyler Unknown 3:31


Samples[edit | edit source]

Intro

  • "Figure Eight" by Blossom Dearie

Hit the Floor

  • "Up Against the Wall" by Quincy Jones
  • "Dance Floor" by Zapp
  • "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A.
  • "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'" by MC Breed & DFC

Hood Took Me Under

Jack Mode

  • "Home Computer" by Kraftwerk
  • "Pay Ya Dues" by Low Profile
  • "You Can't Fade Me / JD's Gafflin'" by Ice Cube

Compton 4 Life

  • "Kool is Back" by Funk, Inc.
  • "Dazz" by Brick
  • "N.T." by Kool & the Gang
  • "My Summer Vacation" by Ice Cube

8 Iz Enough

  • "Dry Spell" and "Little Old Money Maker" by The Meters

Duck Sick II

  • "Red Baron" by Billy Cobham
  • "Top Billin'" by Audio Two

Dead Men Tell No Lies

N 2 Deep

  • "Do Your Thing" by Lyn Collins

Who's Fucking Who?

  • "Fuck Compton" by Tim Dog
  • "Gangsta, Gangsta" and "Fuck Tha Police" by N.W.A.
  • "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" by James Brown
  • "Dope Fiend Beat" by Too $hort
  • "No Vaseline", "Man's Best Friend" and "Better Off Dead" by Ice Cube
  • "South Bronx" and "My Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions

This Is A Gang

Hoodrat

  • "Let Me Love Me" by Michael Henderson

N@#!az Strugglin'

  • "Look of Love" by Isaac Hayes

I Gots To Get Over

  • "Playing Your Game, Baby" by Barry White
  • "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton

U's A Bitch

  • "After Hours (The Antidote)" by Ronny Jordan

Another Victim

  • "God Make Me Funky" by The Headhunters feat. The Pointer Sisters
  • "Blue's Crib" by Isaac Hayes
  • "I'm Wit Dat" by Compton's Most Wanted

Def Wish II

  • "Snow Creatures" by Quincy Jones
  • "Smokin' Dopin'" by LL Cool J
  • "Billy Batts" from Goodfellas

Music to Driveby

  • "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong" by Gene Harris
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