Boyz N The Hood Alternative Song

1987 single past Eazy-E


Original 12″ sleeve

Single past Eazy-Due east
from the album
N.Westward.A. and the Posse
B-side “Dopeman” (N.Due west.A)
Released March 3, 1987
Recorded 1987[1]
Studio Audio Achievements (Torrance, CA)
Genre Gangsta rap
  • Ruthless
  • Macola
Songwriter(s) Ice Cube
  • Dr. Dre
  • DJ Yella
Eazy-E singles chronology


Alternative embrace
Cover of the 1989 maxi-12" reissue.

Cover of the 1989 maxi-12″ reissue.

Boyz-n-the-Hood” is the debut single by Eazy-E, then leader of a new rap group, Northward.W.A. Released in March 1987, the single was a local hit, reissued, by twelvemonth’southward stop, on N.West.A’s EP titled
and on the unauthorized compilation album
Due north.W.A. and the Posse.



Eric Wright, who founded Ruthless Records in 1986, had tasked the Ruthless songcrafting squad—record producer Dr. Dre, aided by DJ Yella and Arabian Prince, and ghostwriter Water ice Cube—to typhoon the song in line with Wright’s vision. But once a rap group signed from New York City rejected it, Wright rapped it himself, dubbed Eazy-E. In 1988, having gained rapper MC Ren, N.West.A released its official debut album,
Directly Outta Compton.

While N.W.A’s
Straight Outta Compton
anthology spurred the Los Angeles area’s hip hop to drop electro and rapidly go hardcore, the rappers nevertheless called it “reality rap”, whereas news media would soon call it “gangsta rap”. Meanwhile, besides in 1988, a “Boyz-n-the-Hood” remix arrived on an North.W.A companion album cheekier, Eazy’s debut album
Eazy-Duz-It. Later on N.W.A’south disbanding in 1991, Eazy’s EP titled
It’due south On (Dr. Dre) 187um
, released in 1993, brings some other remix, “Boyz N tha Hood (G-Mix)”.

Yet in 1991, the title became iconic instead through director John Singleton, who borrowed this song’southward championship for his film
Boyz n the Hood. The song, rather, took altogether nearly thirty years to hit the pop nautical chart. Released in Baronial 2015, the flick
Straight Outta Compton
had renewed interest in Northward.W.A when, on September 5, “Boyz-n-the-Hood” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. That week, at #50, it was the chart’due south third-highest debut, behind the 1988 title track “Straight Outta Compton” (the other vocal existence “Striking the Quan”),[2]
originally besides incendiary for wide radio play.[3]



In 1986, in Compton, a urban center in Los Angeles county, Eric Wright, a Kelly Park Compton Crip and local drug dealer, founded Ruthless Records via industry knowledge and connections of music manager Jerry Heller and via musical talent and recording facilities brought by Dr. Dre and Arabian Prince, 2 DJs, record producers, and recording artists successful locally. The team drew Ice Cube, fellow member of the local rap trio C.I.A., to ghostwrite lyrics. In early 1987, Wright invited to the Audio Achievements recording studio, in nearby city Torrance, the rap group H.B.O., or Dwelling house Boys Only, signed from New York City, to tape the Ruthless songcrafting team’due south song “Boyz-northward-the-Hood”.

With a crude instrumental typhoon already recorded by Dr. Dre, assisted by DJ Yella and Arabian Prince, H.B.O., appraising the lyrics however on newspaper, rejected the vocal and walked out. Left sitting in the studio without Ice Cube nowadays to first with, Dre and Yella encouraged Wright to rap the song himself.[eight]
To get each line rapped in timing with its bar, they recorded line by line across two days, recalls DJ Yella.[9]
Still, the first-time rapper, dubbed Eazy-East, brought a distinctive vocalisation and persona. Every bit released, the single musically samples rap group Whodini’south song “I’m a Ho”. And information technology vocally samples rap group the Beastie Boys’ song “Agree It, Now Hitting It” as well as 2 soul classics, Jean Knight’s vocal “Mr. Big Stuff” and, in closing, The Staple Singers’ song “I’ll Take You lot At that place”.



In the “Boyz-northward-the-Hood” lyrics, Eazy-E is the protagonist and tells a story of an ordinary day “in the hood.” The vocal details E seeing a friend Kilo G subsequently Kilo has stolen a machine. Kilo brags to E about committing grand theft automobile. Eastward so relates a story of a prior friend, JD who became addicted to crack and attempted to steal E’due south car radio. Due east chases JD to call a truce, simply JD pulls a .22 calibre pistol on E. Unbeknownst to JD, E has a 12 gauge and he ends up killing JD. Eazy, “bored as hell”, went to a spot where his friends get together. There Due east drinks alcohol then goes to get his girlfriend for sexual practice. At her dwelling, they become into an altercation and East slaps his girlfriend. Her begetter witnesses this and jumps upwards yelling at E. E then hits her father knocking him unconscious.

Subsequently, Eazy wrecked his own car and equally he was walking witnessed the abort of Kilo Chiliad. E attempted to bail Kilo out, but bail was denied due to a riot Kilo started while he was in lock upwards. At Kilo’s trial, Kilo K was given a 6-year judgement for his crimes every bit this was Kilo’s quaternary law-breaking. Probably anticipating a long jail judgement, Kilo had planned to have his girlfriend Suzy help him to escape. At the code word “fire” which Kilo yelled out, Suzy entered the court room with a sub car Uzi. The plan did not piece of work and Suzy was shot. Kilo and Suzy were then both charged with attempted murder.



The original version of the vocal, which was released on 1987’south
Northward.W.A. and the Posse
contained only the five verses, starting with the line ‘Cruisin down the street in my six-fo’. Slight lyric changes are also present in the anthology version.

The remix version, which was released on Eazy-E’s 1988 debut album
Eazy-Duz-It, contains a prologue that has Eazy-Eastward describing playing “Gangsta Gangsta”, a track from N.W.A’due south 1988 album
Straight Outta Compton, then announcing he will be playing his own song, which is in fact the residual of the song “Boyz-north-the-Hood”, and the vocal continues.

Both the original version and the remix versions of “Boyz-n-the-Hood” appear on the 1989 12″ maxi-single. They are featured on side A, while the original and remixed versions of “Dopeman” appear on side B.[eleven]

The song was played on the Upwardly In Smoke Bout. Dr. Dre played this song as a tribute to Eazy-Eastward, with the crowd singing the chorus.

Critical reception and legacy


Jeff Chang describes “Boyz-n-the-Hood” every bit “an anthem for the fatherless, brotherless, country-assaulted, heavily armed West Coast urban youth” and Eazy-E’due south rap way as “a deadpan singsong…mayhap equally much a result of self-conscious nervousness as hardcore fronting.”[12]

Rolling Stone
ranks the song as among the 20 greatest Westward Coast rap songs that preceded N.W.A’s
Straight Outta Compton. Critic David Drake commented: “It was a day-in-the-life record that was less concerned with commentary or critique than simply conveying a lifestyle.”[thirteen]
Likewise writing for
Rolling Stone, Brian Hiatt compares the subject matter in “Boyz-due north-the-Hood” to “vi in the Mornin'” by Water ice-T and “P.S.K. What Does It Mean?” past Schoolly D.[14]

Embrace versions


Red Hot Chili Peppers often covered the song live as an intro jam to their own song, “Special Hole-and-corner Vocal Inside” on their 1989-90 Mother’southward Milk tour.

In 2004, the song was re-imagined and sampled by rapper Jim Jones on his debut album
On My Mode to Church. His version was called “Certified Gangstas”, and featured Bezel and Cam’ron.[fifteen]

As well Jim Jones’ vocal there accept been many remakes, about notably a cover by alternative stone band Dynamite Hack, which hit #12 on the
Mod Rock Tracks in 2000. The last line of this version, “Punk ass trippin in the dead of night”, is sung to the tune of The Beatles’ “Blackbird”: “Blackbird singing in the dead of dark”. However, some of the words, besides as the “Blackbird” melody, were altered for the music video version of the vocal.

Hispanic rap group Brownside did a remake to the song chosen “Vatos in the Barrio”. The instrumental of the original is remade, and the lyrics are slightly dissimilar but continue the main structure of the Eazy-E version.

Cloak-and-dagger Memphis rapper Koopsta Knicca of 3 vi Mafia made his own version called “Back in da Hood”.

Shwayze uses one of the lines from “Boyz-northward-the-Hood” in his song “Lost My Heed” on his anthology
Shwayze; the line he uses is “Woke up at about noon only thought that I had to be in Compton Soon”.

It is sampled in “Front Back” past UGK[16]
(as well every bit its remix by T.I.),[17]
“My 64” by Mike Jones (featuring Bun B, Snoop Dogg and Lil’ Eazy-E),[eighteen]
“Pojat On Huudeilla” by Eurocrack, “Them Boys Down South” by Large Take chances.[nineteen]

Track 8 (Disc 2) on DJ Screw’s album “The Fable” has the same song manner every bit Boyz-n-the-Hood.

Yelawolf made a vocal called “Boyz-due north-the-Woodz” for his 2008 mixtape,
Ball of Flames: the Carol of Slick Rick E. Bobby. The vocal interpolates the original chorus but is made to have a “white trash” feel.

American rapper Megan Thee Stallion sampled the vocal in her 2020 unmarried “Girls in the Hood”.[twenty]







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