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Like Mike [Original Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
The rapper formerly known as Lil' Bow Wow is all grown up. Having dropped the diminutive prefix from his moniker, the 15-year-old teen idol makes his big-screen debut with the basketball comedy Like Mike. Like the affable young rapper/actor's own records, the movie's soundtrack offers a collection of kid-friendly rap and R&B. Highlights include rising star Mario with the summertime jam "Put Me On," which borrows its bubbling, synth-heavy beat from the old-school R&B song "I'll Do Anything for You"; Beyoncé's sound-alike Solange on the fast-paced "Dance with You," featuring heartthrobs B2K; and Bow Wow's infectious, Harlem-shakable hit "Take Ya Home." Now, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
The rapper formerly known as Lil' Bow Wow is all grown up. Having dropped the diminutive prefix from his moniker, the 15-year-old teen idol makes his big-screen debut with the basketball comedy Like Mike. Like the affable young rapper/actor's own records, the movie's soundtrack offers a collection of kid-friendly rap and R&B. Highlights include rising star Mario with the summertime jam "Put Me On," which borrows its bubbling, synth-heavy beat from the old-school R&B song "I'll Do Anything for You"; Beyoncé's sound-alike Solange on the fast-paced "Dance with You," featuring heartthrobs B2K; and Bow Wow's infectious, Harlem-shakable hit "Take Ya Home." Now, that's a slam-dunk soundtrack!
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
So So Def boss Jermaine Dupri rounds up a number of playful pop-rap songs for the Like Mike soundtrack, unsurprisingly including a number of Lil' Bow Wow performances. The 15-year-old rapper stars in the film so it's expected that his contributions will be significant, and indeed they are, beginning with "Basketball," the album's opening song. Here Bow Wow, Fabolous, and Dupri drop a verse each about their passion for the game, while Fundisha sings the hook. A little bit later in the album come the two standout Bow Wow songs, though: the Neptunes-produced "Take Ya Home" and Just Blaze-produced "Playin' the Game." Both songs feature top-notch production and incredibly catchy hooks, so much so that the former became one of Bow Wow's biggest hits yet. Elsewhere on Like Mike, Dupri includes so-so songs by TQ, Mario, and Solange, three artists likely to appeal to the same listeners who like Bow Wow. But the real surprise comes late in the album with Nas' "Rule" and TCP's "Hoop It Up," both much more adult than the preceding songs. The previously released Nas song, which interpolates Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," falls a bit short of being another "If I Ruled the World Imagine That" for the New York rapper, but it's still quite moving. And the TCP song is a fast-paced bass song that concludes the soundtrack perfectly, embodying the heart-racing nature of basketball.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998667617
  • Catalog Number: 86676

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Basketball - Fundisha (3:19)
  2. 2 NBA 2K2 - R.O.C. (2:09)
  3. 3 I Remember - TQ (4:21)
  4. 4 Take Ya Home - Bow Wow (3:59)
  5. 5 Put Me On - Mario (3:39)
  6. 6 Playin' the Game - Bow Wow (4:32)
  7. 7 Dance With You - B2K (3:00)
  8. 8 Can I Holla - Young Steff (3:28)
  9. 9 Rule - Amerie (3:56)
  10. 10 Hoop It Up - TCP (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Poison Vocals
Nas Track Performer
TCP Background Vocals, Track Performer
Bow Wow Track Performer
Alicia Keys Multi Instruments
Fabolous Track Performer
A-Dogg Vocals
Mario Background Vocals
Fundisha Track Performer
Amerie Track Performer
Mike Shorey Vocals
Technical Credits
Jermaine Dupri Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Producer
Brian Frye Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Pete Heller Producer
Solange Composer
Chris Stokes Producer
Christine Wilson Art Direction
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Lauryn Hill Composer
Joe Warlick Engineer
Archie Hall Engineer
Michael Mauldin Executive Producer
The Neptunes Producer
John Horesco IV Engineer
Just Blaze Producer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Platinum Status Producer
Kamel Abdo Engineer
Alicia Keys Producer
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild Engineer
Barry Josephson Producer
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