- Released: February 18, 2003
- Label: Def Jam
- 1.X Gon' Give It to Ya
- 2.Go to Sleep
- 3.What's It All For?
- 4.Follow Me Gangster
- 6.Do Sumptin
- 7.My Life (Cradle 2 the Grave)
- 9.Drop Drop
- 10.I'm Serious
- 11.Right / Wrong
- 12.It's Gon' Be What It's Gon' Be
- 13.Hand That Rocks the Cradle
- 14.Won't Be Coming Back
- 17.Slangin' Dem Thangs
- 18.Off the Hook
- 19.Getting Down - (bonus track)
Original score composed by John Frizzell and Damon "Grease" Blackman.
Personnel: LAC (vocals); Steven King (guitar); Luis Resto (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Carlisle Young; Dragan "Chach" Cacinovic; Jason Goldstein; Pascal Volberg; Eminem; Martin Moor; Martin Stebbing; Rich Keller; Steven King; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Chicago Studios, Chicago, IL; Chung King, New York, NY; Enterprise STudios, Los Angeles, CA; Gold Mine Studios, Queens, NY; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Larrabee West, Los Angeles, CA; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Right Track Studio, New York, NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Soul Clap Studios, New York, NY; Sound Castle Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Sound on Sound, New York, NY; Teamwork Studios, New York, NY; The Room Lab, Hackensack, NJ; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Arranger: Bazaar Royale.
CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE, which features "music from and inspired by" the action film of the same name, is a tough, well-put-together collection of aggressive East Coast hip-hop that perfectly mirrors the gritty urban setting of the movie. The disc opens with a ferocious duo of tracks featuring DMX (who stars in CRADLE TO THE GRAVE with martial arts master Jet Li). "X Gonna Give It To Ya" is classic DMX: all rough, snarling vocals, rock-hard beats, and plenty of barking. "Go To Sleep," a collaborative effort with Eminem, is a brutal, cinematic gangsta track that may shock those only familiar with the rapper's poppier side.
There's also Foxy Brown's "My Life," which chillingly examines hip-hop's blurring of fantasy and reality when it comes to violence, and "What's It All For" by Bazaar Royale, which uses a heavy guitar sample from neo-grunge rockers CKY, recalling Public Enemy's classic early-'90s collaborations with Anthrax. Unlike many soundtrack albums, which appear to be cobbled together simply to make a few extra bucks, CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE is an extremely cohesive album and may even emerge as a more substantial work than the film itself.