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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)
Format
Recorded1994
Genre
Length5:06
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
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 some actor 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.

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ King, Alex P. (2004). Hit-parade — 20 ans de tubes (in French). Paris: Pascal. p. 338. ISBN 2-35019-009-9.
  2. ^ a b "American single certifications – Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  3. ^ a b "Best-Selling Records of 1995". Billboard. BPI Communications. 108 (3): 56. January 20, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dr-Dre-Mack-10-Keep-Their-Heads-Ringin-Take-A-Hit/release/255065
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=2072495
  6. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20110121-0000/Issue1083.pdf
  7. ^ a b c d e "Keep Their Heads Ringin'", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  8. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Dr.Dre singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  10. ^ UK Singles Chart Official Charts Company (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  11. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". officialcharts.com.
  12. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  13. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2009-02-14 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  14. ^ "End of Year Charts 1995". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  16. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin'". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved July 8, 2015.

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