So you got yourself a new ride. It’s cherry red, got sixteen switches and sound for the bitches. All you need now is a proper playlist to take you from gangsta anthems to pimp shit and back again. Roll a joint, find a honey and roll the windows down, unless, of course, you’re actually smoking it (or you just don’t give a fuck). Pop this in the player and be prepared to look cool and act hard. Word is born, son!

1. Dr. Dre, “Let Me Ride”
The ultimate in cruisin’ anthems. What you don’t know about cruisin’ you can learn from the video – and if you don’t have a fly whip, don’t bother blasting it.
2. Masta Ace, “Born To Roll (remix)”
With lyrics like this, who wouldn’t drive down the street real slow? “I wonder if I blasted a little Elvis Presley/ would they pull me over and attempt to arrest me?/ I really doubt doubt it/ They’d probably start dancin’/ jumpin’ on my tip and pissing in their pants and/ wiggiling and jiggiling and grabbing on their pelvis/ but you know my name, so you’ll never hear no Elvis.
3. Ice Cube, “You Know How We Do It”
A choice cut for rolling smooth and flossin’ your shit in a leather jacket.
4. Paperboy, “Ditty”
Sure, so the song might bring back memories from a junior high dance. For the goofy ride in all of us.
5. Mista Grimm, Warren G, Nate Dogg, “Indo Smoke”
Roll the windows up, hotbox your shit, and tell that bitch to sit on your lap while she hits that blunt.
6. Luniz, “I Got 5 On It”
The drug dealer’s anthem!
7. Volume 10, “Pistol Gip Pump”
Again, the proof is in the lyrics:
8. MC Breed, “Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin”
MC Breed’s track contains perhaps the finest cruisin’ beat ever.
9. Mac Mall, “Pimp Shit”
Slow, crazy and dir-tay.
10. Warren G, “Regulate”
The song that served as inspiration for this entire installation of “Recipe for a Mixtape.” With Nate Dogg singing the hook and Warren G serving up his raps proper-like, you’ll blow out the bass in no time.
— Trey Clark and Jenne Raub