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Hustle & Flow
     

Hustle & Flow

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The gritty drama Hustle & Flow has a southern-fried charm that captures the authenticity of hard-knock life in Memphis. That keep-it-real theme extends to the soundtrack, which spotlights many Dirty South rappers more than familiar with all things crunk. The underdog tale's plot revolves around Djay -- portrayed to smoldering effect by Terrence Howard -- a

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The gritty drama Hustle & Flow has a southern-fried charm that captures the authenticity of hard-knock life in Memphis. That keep-it-real theme extends to the soundtrack, which spotlights many Dirty South rappers more than familiar with all things crunk. The underdog tale's plot revolves around Djay -- portrayed to smoldering effect by Terrence Howard -- a broke pimp trying to escape the inner city by becoming an MC, so the images peppering his rhymes aren't pretty. His lyrics are the work of Memphis native Al Kapone, and his flow proves to be a neat fit for Howard, who convincingly steps to the mic as a part of his role. And while the Oscar-nominated actor won't be giving Jay-Z a run for his money anytime soon, he holds his own over the swaggering beats of the ominous "Whoop That Trick" and the smoother but no less streetwise "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." Elsewhere, the pros keep the bass-heavy vibe going, whether it's New Orleans' Juvenile teaming up with Skip & Wacko on the head-bobbing "Booty Language," Houston rapper Mike Jones hooking up with singer Nicole Wray on the R&B-infused "Still Tippin' (It's a Man's World Remix)," or the aforementioned Al Kapone on the jittery "Get Crunk, Get Buck." With all of the talent assembled here, Hustle & Flow is one of the best hip-hop soundtracks to come down the pike since 8 Mile.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The lineup spread across the soundtrack for Hustle & Flow cannot be denied. T.I., Juvenile, 8 Ball, and MJG, E-40, Trillville, Boyz N da Hood, Mike Jones, and several others make this a timely and fitting companion to the film. More importantly, in keeping the connection between film and soundtrack as tight as possible, a couple tracks performed by actor Terrence Howard -- as Hustle and Flow protagonist DJay, a pimp turned MC -- are included, along with a handful of dialogue bits. Al Kapone, a Memphis-based rapper asked by director Craig Brewer to write DJay's rhymes, also appears, only adding to the authenticity. While the soundtrack complements the film, most of the tracks provided by the big guns aren't top-level. That doesn't mean that the disc is useless for those who don't see the film (altogether, the tracks are more memorable than the average cuts granted to a soundtrack), but it's more New Jersey Drive or Bad Boys II than Juice or Above the Rim.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678382222
catalogNumber:
83822
Rank:
13833

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christopher Dennis   Vocals
Kapone   Vocals
Stefanie Bolton   Vocals
Craig Love   Guitar
Taraji P. Henson   Vocals
Terrence Howard   Vocals
Pooh Bear   Background Vocals
Tydial   Vocals
Young AJ   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dada   Producer
C.P. Love   Composer
J. Allen   Producer
L.D. Dixon   Composer
Jam   Producer
Niko Lyras   Producer,Engineer
Keith Mack   Producer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
E. Stevens   Composer
Kapone   Composer,Producer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer
Taj "Mahal" Tilghman   Engineer
DJ Paul   Producer,Engineer
Anthony Dent   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Kevin Liles   Executive Producer
A. Dent   Composer
Scott Bomar   Score
C. Thomas   Composer
C. Harris   Composer
C. Duane Coleman   Composer
John Singleton   Executive Producer
T. Hatch   Composer
T. Gray   Composer
Jonathan Powell   Composer
Jeremy Allen   Producer
Jay Kadis   Producer
Mark Vinten   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Ryan Leslie   Producer
Jason Geter   Producer,Executive Producer
Dave Junco   Engineer
Mike Foster   Engineer
J.L. Jenkins   Composer
Salih Williams   Producer
Horace "Bubba" Mitchell   Engineer
Victor Abijaudi   Engineer
Sinasta   Producer
Jonathan Lewis   Producer
Elliot Carter   Engineer

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Hustle & Flow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
straight up, this is one of the siccest hip hop soundtracks of all time. the production is tight, the lyrics are sick, the beats pound as hard as hell. lil jon did a lot of the production for this album and i gotta shout him out cause his beats pound and make you feel like you're in the club