under the hood


Boyz-n-the-Hood is the solo debut by rapper Eazy-E as a part of N.W.A. Ice Cube wrote the song, and originally intended it to be for himself, but after it was rejected by his record label, Eazy decided to rap it for him. The song was originally on N.W.A. and the Posse, which started with the phrase: "Cruisin' down the street in my '64". Ruthless Records executive Jerry Heller considers the song to be a mix of Gil Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, the Rolling Stones, and the Black Panthers. It was remixed and featured on Eazy's debut album Eazy-Duz-It, which was released in 1988. It was remixed again and was featured on Eazy-E's third album, It's On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa (1993) under the name "Boyz n tha Hood" (G mix).

Samples, remakes

In 2004, the song was re imagined and sampled by rapper Jim Jones on his debut album On My Way to Church. His version was called "Certified Gangstas", and featured The Game and Cam'ron (the album version did not feature the Game, however).

Besides Jim Jones' song there have been many remakes, most notably a cover by alternative rock band Dynamite Hack, which hit #12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 2000.

In 2006, Lil' Scrappy interpreted a line for his song Gangsta Gangsta

Eazy's eldest son Lil' Eazy-E did a remake in 2007.

The chorus and main notes played after it were used consistently by Red Hot Chili Peppers when they played Party On Your Pussy during the Mother's Milk tour of 1989/90

It is sampled in "Front Back" by UGK (as well as its remix by T.I.) and "My '64''" by Mike Jones (featuring Bun B, Snoop Dogg and Lil' Eazy-E.

The last line of the Dynamite Hack version of the song, "Punkass trippin' but it's alright... homie scored a ki, he's gonna fly, punkass fly..." is sung to the tune of the opening line of Beatles song "Blackbird"- "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly."

Hold It Now, Hit It by the Beastie Boys was apparently sampled much in making Boyz-n-the-Hood and a possible sample of the M/A/R/R/S/ song "Pump Up The Volume" when a voice says "Pump That Beat".

"Them Boys Down South" by Big Chance. Track 8 (Disc 2) on DJ Screw's album "The Legend" has the same song style as Boyz-n-the-Hood


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