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Lean on Me
     

Lean on Me

 
Though it has a fairly constant musical and lyrical theme running through it, the Lean on Me soundtrack still comes off as a hodgepodge. The slick, synthesizer-heavy version of "Lean on Me" that starts the album verges on treacly, and then gives way to the nihilistic bile of "Welcome to the Jungle," which makes for a jarring transition. Most of the cuts,

Overview

Though it has a fairly constant musical and lyrical theme running through it, the Lean on Me soundtrack still comes off as a hodgepodge. The slick, synthesizer-heavy version of "Lean on Me" that starts the album verges on treacly, and then gives way to the nihilistic bile of "Welcome to the Jungle," which makes for a jarring transition. Most of the cuts, however, are R&B and hip-hop songs of the era, and some have aged badly as the '80s have faded into history. The album, however, does do the service of unearthing a truly lost classic from the neglected Stetsasonic. "I Ain't Makin' It" is not only the album's best song (apart from "Jungle"), but a groundbreaking rap-rock fusion that arguably beats both the Beastie Boys and Anthrax at their game. Roxanne Shanté's "Skeezer," which does appear on other compilations, is still another classic from the era. The remainder is middling, even the Big Daddy Kane cut, which is a real disappointment since good tracks that match his lyrical talents with good production are hard to find. This isn't it. Nonetheless, even though so much of this soundtrack sounds dated, none of it is truly unlistenable, the presence of "Jungle" and "Skeezer" is always welcome, and the Stetsasonic song is definitely worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0075992584326
catalogNumber:
25843

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Performance Credits

Big Daddy Kane   Vocals,Track Performer
Roxanne Shanté   Vocals,Track Performer
Winans   Vocals,Track Performer
Force M.D.'s   Vocals,Track Performer
Siedah Garrett   Vocals,Track Performer
Guns N' Roses   Track Performer
Thelma Houston   Vocals,Track Performer
Taja Sevelle   Vocals,Track Performer
Teen Dream   Vocals,Track Performer
Riff   Vocals,Track Performer
TKA   Vocals,Track Performer
Stetsasonic   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Daddy Kane   Composer
Guns N' Roses   Composer,Contributor
Brooks Arthur   Producer,Executive Producer
Gary LeMel   Executive Producer
D.B.C.   Producer
Timmy Gatling   Composer,Producer
Shanté   Composer
Glen Ballard   Producer
Mike Clink   Producer
Daddy-O   Producer
Joey Gardner   Producer
Marley Marl   Producer
Fred McFarlane   Producer,Contributor
Benny Medina   Executive Producer
Tony Moran   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Stetsasonic   Contributor
Michael Schiffer   Producer,Executive Producer
Bob Coulter   Composer
Winston "Shadow" Bailey   Composer
Benett   Producer
Arnold Hamilton   Composer

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