Blade II

Blade II

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Like the film it accompanies -- Wesley Snipes' vampire-slayer sequel -- the soundtrack to Blade II offers a thrill a minute, pairing some of the biggest names in hip-hop with their counterparts in the dance music world. Setting the tone is Marco Beltrami and Danny Saber's instrumental theme, a menacing piece built of electronic rhythms, industrial-inspired

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Like the film it accompanies -- Wesley Snipes' vampire-slayer sequel -- the soundtrack to Blade II offers a thrill a minute, pairing some of the biggest names in hip-hop with their counterparts in the dance music world. Setting the tone is Marco Beltrami and Danny Saber's instrumental theme, a menacing piece built of electronic rhythms, industrial-inspired guitar breaks, and an insidious melody that suggests a spy film. Fittingly, the rappers featured bring out the edge in the knob-twiddlers. Eve's sharp-tongued rap on "Cowboy" toughens the sound of Fatboy Slim's bouncy track. Ice Cube plays a similar trick on Paul Oakenfold on the testosterone-pumped "Right Here, Right Now" (not to be confused with identically named songs by Fatboy Slim and Jesus Jones), while the Crystal Method's rubbery beats prove a sturdy trampoline for Bubba Sparxxx on "Phdream." The reverse occurs on "I Against I," where Massive Attack's minimalist, nail-biting beats give Mos Def's normally smooth flow a molten edge. On a lighter note, "Gorillaz on my Mind" nicks the bouncy rhythm loop and bits of Damon Albarn's vocal line from the Gorillaz single "19-2000," which makes a surprisingly good background for Redman's smart-aleck rhymes. Those looking for an adrenaline-fueled listen guaranteed to boost the blood pressure and bring goose bumps to the neck should look no further than Blade II.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Bregman
The Blade II soundtrack to the relatively large-budgeted, B-movie sequel starring Wesley Snipes is the third in a series of soundtrack records that Happy Walters of Immortal Records assembled. The first, for the movie Judgment Night, included hip-hop and rock acts pairing up for new songs, and the second was for Spawn and featured electronica and hard rock acts. For Blade II, it's hip-hop and electronica acts, and Walters has assembled many of the biggest names in both genres. Electronica can work perfectly with hip-hop, adding a lot of fancier beats and grooves and making the songs distinctive from the usual hip-hop soundtrack. Among the best tracks are Eve and Fatboy Slim teaming up on "Cowboy," and even better is Ice Cube and Paul Oakenfold on "Right Here, Right Now," a song that's reminiscent of Cube's over-the-top performance on the huge single "We Be Clubbin'." Both of these tracks are catchy enough to be huge rap radio hits. Redman also adds plenty of character to his teaming with the Gorillaz, "Gorillaz on My Mind," a silly tune backed by some super funky music and some smooth background vocals.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
Label:
Immortal
UPC:
0724381206423
catalogNumber:
12064

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cypress Hill   Track Performer
Ice Cube   Track Performer
Massive Attack   Track Performer
Redman   Track Performer
Busta Rhymes   Track Performer
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Eve   Track Performer
Endre Granat   Violin
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Danny Saber   Bass,Guitar
Mystikal   Track Performer
Fatboy Slim   Track Performer
Kid Koala   scratching
Silkk the Shocker   Track Performer
Trina   Track Performer
Mos Def   Track Performer
Volume 10   Track Performer
Jadakiss   Track Performer
Bubba Sparxxx   Track Performer
John Richard Lewis   Trumpet
Fabolous   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Moby   Producer
Paul Oakenfold   Producer
Martin Brumbach   Remixing
Norman Cook   Producer
Earl Hudson   Composer
Darryl Jenifer   Composer
Tom Morello   Producer
Muggs   Producer
Steve Osborne   Producer
Danny Saber   Programming,Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Arranger,Producer
BT   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Roni Size   Producer
Crystal Method   Producer
Dan the Automator   Producer
Peter Frankfurt   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Wesley Snipes   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Alex Swift   Programming
Groove Armada   Producer
Simon Thornton   Engineer
Mocean Worker   Producer,Remixing
Dub Pistols   Producer
Marco Beltrami   Producer,Orchestration
Volume 10   Producer
Andy Cato   Composer
Bob Bowen   Music Executive
Static Revenger   Contributor
Mitch Rotter   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Matthew Lindauer   Art Direction
Tom Findlay   Composer
Gorillaz   Producer
Rashia Fisher   Composer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Guillermo del Toro   Soundtrack Executive Producer
G. W. Miller   Composer
Paul Hudson   Composer

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Blade II 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sorry for not reviewing, but i'm looking for the title of the hardhouse song played in the ''house of pain'' - club in the movie. Dang, that's hard to find..
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's Blood is pumping, by Voodoo + Serrano (blackdragonprime@yahoo.com)
Guest More than 1 year ago
all around good cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its the best soundtrack of the year! Even better than the first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blade 2 is an awesome album. I just bought it and it ROCKS!!! I would definately recommend buying the album. The combination or hip-hop and electronica music is an ecletic new style and it is definately something new. I have to say, this album is a great CD to dance to, as well as use for mixing and playing at dance clubs. I am really surprised at how good the combination of different styles were pulled off to sound a blend so smooth, it just makes your head spin. Blade 2 is an awesome soundtrack and the collaboration of different styles totally differentiates it from the rest of the stuff on the radio! If you love MOS DEF listen to #3, I would also recommend #5,6,10 and 11. BLADE 2 ROCKS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The song, which isn't on the album, is called BLOOD IS PUMPIN by VOODOO & SERANO. It's the electronica song played during the club scene of Blade II and failed to make it to the album. But it is available on other dics.