Like Mike [Original Soundtrack]

Like Mike [Original Soundtrack]

     
 

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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

Overview

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!

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2002
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0696998667624
catalogNumber:
86676
Rank:
297146

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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
Pete Heller   Producer
Solange   Composer
Chris Stokes   Producer
Christine Wilson   Art Direction
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Joe Warlick   Engineer
Archie Hall   Engineer
Michael Mauldin   Executive Producer
Neptunes   Producer
John Horesco   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer
Platinum Status   Producer
Kamel Abdo   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Producer
Bruce Buechner   Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Barry Josephson   Producer

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