Rush Hour II [Soundtrack]

Rush Hour II [Soundtrack]

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Much like the theatrical odd-couple pairing of motor-mouth stand-up comedian Chris Tucker and acrobatic, martial arts jester Jackie Chan, the soundtrack to Rush Hour 2 pairs mismatched collaborators for surprisingly winning results. Prior to the disc's release, Ludacris and Nate Dogg had already stormed the charts with the comicalSee more details below

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Much like the theatrical odd-couple pairing of motor-mouth stand-up comedian Chris Tucker and acrobatic, martial arts jester Jackie Chan, the soundtrack to Rush Hour 2 pairs mismatched collaborators for surprisingly winning results. Prior to the disc's release, Ludacris and Nate Dogg had already stormed the charts with the comical playa's anthem "Area Codes," and the pairings of Musiq and Redman on the simmering funk groove "Keep It Real (Tell Me)" and Method Man and Teddy Riley on the stripped-down, electronica-flavored "Party & Bulls***" are destined to be just as successful. The ladies also hold their own, whether it's Jill Scott and Dru Hill's Jazz on the delicious, acoustic-based duet "Love Again" or Macy Gray teaming up with Slick Rick on a remake of his classic "Hey Young World," which they transform into the trippy, circus-flavored "The World Is Yours." Other tag-teams who join the fun include the East-meets-West partnership of Japanese R&B star Hikaru Utada and Brooklyn rapstress Foxy Brown on the jam "Blow My Whistle" and the gangsta menace of Benzino's "Figadoh," featuring Scarface and Snoop Dogg. Given its wealth of musical talent, Rush Hour 2 is one traffic jam you won't mind getting stuck in.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Many things can be said about Def Jam's Rush Hour 2 soundtrack, an album that is both impressive yet at the same time disappointing. The 17 songs here essentially function as a sampler, giving nearly every artist from Def Jam and Def Soul a moment in the spotlight. And given this approach, you can't help but be impressed by Def Jam's deep pool of talent: Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Montell Jordan, Keith Murray, LL Cool J, Musiq, and just as many up-and-coming artists such as teen pop singer Christina Milian. Furthermore, Def Jam hires some of the industry's top producers -- Swizz Beatz, Jazzy Pha, Teddy Riley, the Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins -- and some other big-money artists such as Snoop Dogg, Scarface, Nate Dogg, and Macy Gray. Unfortunately, despite all the talent, there aren't many standout moments. Teddy Riley's two songs -- "Party and Bullshit" and "Figadoh" -- are probably the biggest disappointments. The legendary producer tries to lay down some Neptunes-meet-Timbaland-crossed-with-Swizz-style beats, but you can't help feeling that he's desperately struggling to remain relevant. Similarly, LL Cool J sounds incredibly outdated rapping over a club-ready Swizz beat on "Crazy Girl." Still, there are two absolutely stunning moments here that arguably compensate: Ludacris and Nate Dogg's "Area Codes" and Hikaru Utada and Foxy Brown's "Blow My Whistle." The former seems almost effortless but is incredibly catchy -- partly because of its simplicity, partly because of Nate Dogg, but mostly because of Jazzy Pha's inventive sampling of "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)." The latter is yet another can't-miss production by the Neptunes, featuring scorching rhymes by Brown and some wonderfully sung hooks courtesy of Utada. So even if most of this soundtrack ultimately results in disappointment, these two golden moments may be reason enough for many to seek this out.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0731458621621
catalogNumber:
586216

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slick Rick   Track Performer
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
LL Cool J   Track Performer
Kandice Love   Track Performer
Montell Jordan   Track Performer
Method Man   Track Performer
Keith Murray   Track Performer
Francesco Romano   Guitar
Dru Hill   Track Performer
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Macy Gray   Track Performer
Redmen   Track Performer
Benzino   Track Performer
Jill Scott   Track Performer
Musiq (Soulchild)   Track Performer
Christina Milian   Track Performer
Utada   Track Performer
Hikaru Utada   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Daryle Swann   Producer,Engineer

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