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Bamboozled
     

Bamboozled

 

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It's no surprise that Bamboozled, the soundtrack to Spike Lee's satire of racial stereotyping in the entertainment industry, has strong political undercurrents: Lee's comedies provoke as much thought as they do laughter. For the bitter and profane single "Blak Iz Blak," Mos Def (who plays rapper Big Black in the film) teams with

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It's no surprise that Bamboozled, the soundtrack to Spike Lee's satire of racial stereotyping in the entertainment industry, has strong political undercurrents: Lee's comedies provoke as much thought as they do laughter. For the bitter and profane single "Blak Iz Blak," Mos Def (who plays rapper Big Black in the film) teams with Canibus, Charli Baltimore, and others as Mau Maus to demand "reparations and apologies" for racial injustices. It's the album's most incendiary track, followed closely by the remake of Public Enemy's "Burn Hollywood Burn" from Chuck D, the Roots, and Rage Against the Machine's Zack De La Rocha. Elsewhere, however, Bamboozled serves as a primer to neo-soul, with sultry and sexy tracks from Angie Stone ("Slippery Shoes"), India Arie ("In My Head"), Gerald Levert ("Dream with No Love"), and the wonderful Erykah Badu ("Hollywood" and "The Light," which also features rapper Common). Leave it to the old masters, though, to combine provocative sentiments with evocative melodies. The chameleonic Prince indicts the music industry in the funky organ-based "2045 Radical Man," and Stevie Wonder offers history lessons in classic pop form on "Misrepresented People" and "Some Years Ago." Ultimately, Bamboozled is as seductive as it is rebellious.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Like the film itself, the original soundtrack to Bamboozled -- Spike Lee's film about an African-American writer who joins an urban sitcom written mostly by whites -- is a clever and carefully-concieved piece of work. Mos Def, Canibus, Charli Baltimore, MC Serch, DJ Scratch, Mums, and Gano Grills make up the Mau Maus, the film's angry, militant rap group; their single "Blak Iz Blak" sends up rap's political potency. On the other hand, Chuck D, the Roots, Rage Against the Machine, and Zack De La Rocha's "Burn Hollywood Burn" pays tribute to hip-hop's incendiary, message-driven power. Similarly, Erykah Badu's "Hollywood," Stevie Wonder's "Misrepresented People," and Prince's "2045 Radical Man" keep politics high in the soundtrack's mix. Bruce Hornsby's "Shadowlands," Goodie Mob's "Just a Song," Mums' "Ploylessness," and Common & Erykah Badu's "The Light" add further depth to Bamboozled, which manages to be playful and thought-provoking at the same time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0601215968729
catalogNumber:
159687

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Performance Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Synthesizer,Piano
Gerald LeVert   Drums,Keyboards
Prince   Track Performer
Larry Goldings   Organ,Wurlitzer
MC Serch   Track Performer
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Chuck D   Track Performer
Zack de la Rocha   Track Performer
Nathan East   Bass
Steve Edwards   Double Bass
Hart Hollman   Violin
Pino Palladino   Bass
Bob Power   Bass,Guitar
James Poyser   Keyboards
Paul Riser   Conductor
Ralph Rolle   Drums
Angie Stone   Recorder
DJ Scratch   Track Performer
Roots   Track Performer
Goodie Mob   Track Performer
Erykah Badu   Strings,Chimes,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,cowbell,Freestyle
Nathan Watts   Bass
Marcy Chanteaux   Cello
Marguerite Deslippe   Violin
Max Janowsky   Double Bass
Niles McKinney   Keyboards
Glenn Mellow   Viola
Alex Steyermark   Violin
Common   Track Performer
Mos Def   Track Performer
Canibus   Track Performer
R.C. Williams   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Sasha Mishnaevski   Viola
Stephen Molina   Double Bass
Manchin Zhang   Viola
Vernell Sales   Vocals
Linda Snedden-Smith   Violin
Shawn Grove   Recorder
Michael Knight   Freestyle
Charli Baltimore   Track Performer
Profyle   Track Performer
Dejuana Richardson   Recorder
Mums   Track Performer
Cano Grills   Track Performer
India.Arie   Track Performer
Don Baker   English Horn
Bruce Smith   Violin

Technical Credits

Bruce Hornsby   Producer
Gerald LeVert   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Larry Goldings   String Contractor
Ralph Sutton   Engineering
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
B. Miller   Composer
Axel Niehaus   Engineer
Wayne Pooley   Engineer
Bob Power   Programming,Producer
Paul Riser   Orchestration
Lovis Scalise   Engineer
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Angie Stone   Producer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Erykah Badu   Arranger,Producer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Spike Lee   Executive Producer
Angelo Quaglia   Engineer
Irv Gotti   Producer,Engineer
Larry Phillabaum   Engineer
India.Arie   Composer
Craig Grant   Composer

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