Keep Their Heads Ringin'

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"Keep Their Heads Ringin'" is a song by American rapper Dr. Dre featuring vocalist Nanci Fletcher. It was the only single released from the soundtrack of the movie Friday.[1]

"Keep Their Heads Ringin'"
Keep Their Heads Ringin' single cover.jpg
Single by Dr. Dre
from the album Friday (soundtrack)
B-side"Take a Hit" by Mack 10
ReleasedMarch 7, 1995 (1995-03-07)
Recorded1994
Genre
Length5:06
Label
Songwriter(s)James Anderson
Producer(s)Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Natural Born Killaz"
(1994)
"Keep Their Heads Ringin'"
(1995)
"California Love"
(1995)
Music video
"Keep Their Heads Ringin'" on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

Although the soundtrack was released on Priority Records, Death Row Records still owns the masters to the song. In the United States, the song topped the Hot Rap Tracks chart and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified gold by the RIAA on May 10, 1995, and sold 700,000 copies domestically.[2][3] It interpolates "Funk You Up" by The Sequence from their 1980 single released under Sugar Hill.

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by F. Gary Gray and takes place in a plane hangar. The video contains cameo appearances from the actors of the movie Friday including Chris Tucker, Faizon Love and Nia Long. New Line offered the clip to theatres to play right before showings of Friday. It also appears as a bonus feature on the VHS and DVD releases of the film.

Track listingEdit

  • CD single / 12" vinyl[4]
  1. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (LP Version) — 5:01
  2. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Instrumental) — 4:57
  3. "Take a Hit" (by Mack 10) (LP Version) — 4:34
  4. "Take a Hit" (by Mack 10) (Instrumental) — 4:34
  • US 12" vinyl[5]
  1. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Radio Version) — 5:02
  2. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (LP Version) — 5:01
  3. "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (Instrumental) — 4:57

PersonnelEdit

  • Co-producer - Sam Sneed
  • Engineer - Tommy D. Daugherty and Keston Wright
  • Keyboards - Stu "Fingas" Bullard
  • Producer - Dr. Dre
  • Chorus Sample - KRS-One
  • Lead vocals - Nanci Fletcher
  • Background Vocals - Nanci Fletcher, Barbara Wilson, Dorothy Coleman
  • Video director - F. Gary Gray
  • Actors - Chris Tucker, Nia Long and Tiny Lister
  • Angie Stone is credited for writing the song due to her writing to "Funk You Up". She is credited as A. Brown in the credits of the song since she did not go by Angie Stone at the time she recorded "Funk You Up". Angela Brown is Angie Stone's birth name.

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[31] Gold 5,000*
United States (RIAA)[2] Gold 700,000[3]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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