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All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
The soundtrack from the 1998 debut film from hip-hop visionary Hype Williams consists of a hodgepodge of hip-hop and R&B. The majority of the album showcases the talent of hip-hop's heavyweights in the post-Biggie/2Pac mass-consumption era of hip-hop. The soundtrack also serves as a coming-out party for a promising next wave of MCs. The songs on the album reflect the central theme of the film: the paper chase from the disenfranchised point of view and the treacherous road to the riches that ensues. The opening track, "No Way in, No Way Out" by R. Kelly project Lady, is an R&B rendering of this central theme. The soulful D'Angelo builds poignantly on this theme with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - M.F. DiBella
The soundtrack from the 1998 debut film from hip-hop visionary Hype Williams consists of a hodgepodge of hip-hop and R&B. The majority of the album showcases the talent of hip-hop's heavyweights in the post-Biggie/2Pac mass-consumption era of hip-hop. The soundtrack also serves as a coming-out party for a promising next wave of MCs. The songs on the album reflect the central theme of the film: the paper chase from the disenfranchised point of view and the treacherous road to the riches that ensues. The opening track, "No Way in, No Way Out" by R. Kelly project Lady, is an R&B rendering of this central theme. The soulful D'Angelo builds poignantly on this theme with his defiant anthem "Devil's Pie," produced by the spellbinding DJ Premier. Aside from two R&B ballads including a decent remake of Stevie Wonder's "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" by Bad Boy wunderkind Jerome, the remainder of the album features a number of blazing hip-hop tracks with fierce, sinister beats and hardcore MCs committing verbal murder. On "Grand Finale," the three male stars of the film DMX, Method Man, and Nas team up with the growling Ja Rule for a skills exhibition over a fiery composition. DMX gets versatile on "Top Shotter," using his rabid flow over a dancehall rhythm with assists from raggamuffins Mr. Vegas and Sean Paul. Ja Rule goes solo on the icy "Story to Tell." Jay-Z collaborates with his Roc-A-Fella protégés Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek on "Crew Love." The Wu-Tang Clan chime in with the eerie "Windpipe" and Noreaga wistfully laments the loss of loved ones on the moving "Sometimes." The LOX and Made Men grab listeners by the throat on "Tommy's Theme" and the final cut, "I Wanna Live" by NAS' entourage Bravehearts, encapsulates the social Darwinistic themes of the film and soundtrack. Overall, a solid album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 731455892529
  • Catalog Number: 558925
  • Sales rank: 30,001

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Way in, No Way Out - Lady (4:34)
  2. 2 Devil's Pie - D'Angelo (5:20)
  3. 3 Grand Finale - Ja Rule (4:37)
  4. 4 Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer - Jerome (3:03)
  5. 5 What About - Sparkle (4:43)
  6. 6 Two Sides - Hot Totti (3:50)
  7. 7 Movin' Out - Noreaga (5:03)
  8. 8 Top Shotter - Sean Paul (3:22)
  9. 9 Story to Tell - Ja Rule (3:48)
  10. 10 Crew Love - Beanie Sigel (3:47)
  11. 11 Sometimes - Noreaga (5:04)
  12. 12 We All Can Get It On - Drag-On (3:17)
  13. 13 Militia - Gang Starr (3:38)
  14. 14 Windpipe - ODB (4:48)
  15. 15 Pre-Game - Sauce Money (1:51)
  16. 16 Tommy's Theme - Made Men (4:22)
  17. 17 Some Niggaz - Half-A-Mill (3:06)
  18. 18 I Wanna Live - Braveheart's (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gang Starr Track Performer
Maze Track Performer
Nas Track Performer
R. Kelly Keyboards, Background Vocals
Percy Bady Keyboards
Gordon Chambers Background Vocals
D'Angelo Track Performer
DMX Track Performer
Tony Kelly Multi Instruments
RZA Track Performer
Ol' Dirty Bastard Track Performer
Method Man Track Performer
Wu-Tang Clan Track Performer
7even Bass
Raekwon Rap, Track Performer
Anthony Harmon Bass Guitar
Cynthia Jernigan Background Vocals
Ghostface Killah Track Performer
Jay-Z Track Performer
Andy Katz Vocals
The LOX Track Performer
Lil Rob Multi Instruments
Mya Vocals, Background Vocals
Sparkle Background Vocals
Noreaga Rap
Sauce Money Track Performer
Mr. Vegas Track Performer
Kendall D. Nesbitt Keyboards, Background Vocals
Gregg Landfair Guitar
Sean Paul Track Performer
Chandra Crawford Background Vocals
Ja Rule Vocals, Rap, Track Performer
Memphis Bleek Track Performer
Made Men Track Performer
Half-A-Mill Track Performer
Beanie Sigel Track Performer
Drag-On Track Performer
Braveheart's Track Performer
MYZ Track Performer
Hot Totti Track Performer
Jerome Track Performer
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton Background Vocals
Lady Track Performer
Technical Credits
Guru Producer
R. Kelly Producer
S. Barnes Composer
Gordon Chambers Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer
DJ Premier Producer
M. Ennis Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Troy Hightower Engineer
Rich Keller Engineer
Tony Kelly Producer, Engineer
RZA Engineer
Ed Raso Engineer
Eddie Sancho Engineer
R. Scott Composer
Larry Sturm Programming, Engineer
Tommy Uzzo Engineer
Kenny Ortíz Engineer
Tone Producer
Stan Wood Programming, Engineer
Stephen George Programming, Engineer
Jay-Z Composer
Hype Executive Producer
Poke Producer
Chris Brickley Engineer
Spencer Bellamy Producer
Irv Gotti Producer, Executive Producer
D. Trotman Producer
Lil Rob Producer
Hangmen 3 Producer
Sound Boy Engineer
Knobody Producer
Lyor Cohen Executive Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer Programming, Engineer
Swizz Beatz Producer
Dame Grease Producer, Engineer
Patrick Viala Engineer
Dragon Cacinovic Chajch Engineer
Jon Silver Engineer
Nastee Engineer
Jayson Phillips Composer
M. Epps Composer
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton drum programming
J. Jones Composer
Kasseem Dean Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Of My Favorites

    Every last song on this CD is Hot. This whole Cd keeps your head bouncin'.

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