Bow Down is the debut studio album by American West coast hip hop supergroup Westside Connection, released on October 22, 1996 by Lench Mob Records and Priority Records. It featured production from Bud'da, QDIII and Ice Cube among other producers.

Bow Down
Westside Connection - Bow Down (Front).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 1996
Westside Connection chronology
Bow Down
Terrorist Threats
Singles from Bow Down
  1. "Bow Down"
    Released: August 28, 1996
  2. "Gangstas Make the World Go Round"
    Released: January 24, 1997

The songs "King of the Hill", "Cross 'Em Out and Put a 'K", and "Hoo Bangin'" (WSCG Style) are all disses to Cypress Hill and Common.[citation needed]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauD+[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Source4.5/5 stars[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 on November 9, 1996, shipping 145,000 units.[7] It went on to sell 1.7 million copies,[8] certifying it Platinum by RIAA on January 10, 1997.[9]

Track listingEdit

1."World Domination" (Intro) 1:16
2."Bow Down"Bud'da3:27
3."Gangstas Make the World Go Round"Ice Cube, Cedric Samson4:33
4."All the Critics In New York"Binky, Ice Cube5:35
5."Do You Like Criminals?" (featuring K-Dee)Bud'da5:01
6."Gangstas Don't Dance" (Insert) 0:22
7."The Gangsta, the Killa and the Dope Dealer"Bud'da4:15
8."Cross 'Em Out and Put a 'K"Bud'da4:56
9."King of the Hill"QDIII4:17
10."3 Time Felons"Bud'da5:10
11."Westward Ho"QDIII5:12
12."The Pledge" (Insert) 0:14
13."Hoo-Bangin' (WSCG Style)" (featuring K-Dee, the Comrads and Allfrumtha I)Ice Cube3:58
Total length:48:07



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: westside".
  3. ^ "Bow Down".
  4. ^ "Westside Connection :: Bow Down :: Priority Records".
  5. ^ "Album Reviews". Rolling Stone.
  6. ^ a b " Bow Down (EXPLICIT) (CD) by Westside Connection ..." September 15, 2008.
  7. ^ "Studdard album debuts at No. 1". CNN. December 19, 2003. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  8. ^ "West Coast rap supergroup to release CD". September 27, 2003. Archived from the original on October 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  9. ^ ""Westside Connection" searchable database". Retrieved 2007-10-22.
  10. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company".
  11. ^ "Westside Connection Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  12. ^ "Westside Connection Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Westside Connection Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200 albums year end 1996". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Billboard 200 albums year end 1997". Billboard.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Westside Connection – Bow Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.