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Training Day
     

Training Day

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The soundtrack to Denzel Washington's Training Day -- which tells the story of a veteran cop (Washington) who shows a rookie (Ethan Hawke) the ropes on L.A.'s gang-filled mean streets -- houses a bevy of hot tracks from some of the best rappers in the game, including the LOX ("Dirty Ryders") and Pharoahe

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The soundtrack to Denzel Washington's Training Day -- which tells the story of a veteran cop (Washington) who shows a rookie (Ethan Hawke) the ropes on L.A.'s gang-filled mean streets -- houses a bevy of hot tracks from some of the best rappers in the game, including the LOX ("Dirty Ryders") and Pharoahe Monch ("F**k You"). In a rare soundtrack move, most of the rappers stick to the story line and fuel their rhymes with venom toward the police. On Gang Starr's "Tha Squeeze," Guru drops knowledge about the discriminatory justice system, while M.O.P.'s grimy guest shot on "W.O.L.V.E.S." promises Amadou Diallo-inspired retaliation against the boys in blue. These thought-provoking offerings ultimately make the remaining superstars -- such as Dr. Dre and DJ Quik (on the sex-filled "Put It on Me") and Nelly, who attacks his haters on the boastful "#1"-- sound shallow. Yet with its spirited mix of entertainment and edutainment, Training Day is still a stimulating musical exercise. Ryan Crosby

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brad Kohlenstein
Training Day, the film, follows a rookie cop through his first day as an LAPD narcotics officer. He comes to terms with the ugly truths of his job and the brutal realities of the city he's trying to protect. Training Day, the soundtrack, is just as ugly and brutal as the movie. Each track is a graphic portrait of city life, from the profiling style of street business to the kill or be killed philosophy engrained in even the innocent. The soundtrack is graphic, but not gratuitous. Songs that may have otherwise been viewed as unnecessarily violent or sexual feel completely appropriate and are more effective in the context of the film. That may be why some of rap's most respected names, including Dr. Dre, P Diddy, and Cypress Hill signed on for the project. Their veteran status is supported by the aggressive energy of rap newcomers like Nelly, Krubsnatcha, and Pharoahe Monch. David Bowie joins P Diddy & the Bad Boy Family on "American Dream," but the collaboration feels forced and Bowie's unmistakable glam rock voice seems tragically out of place. It's really the only track that doesn't work, which is rare for a soundtrack. If this soundtrack lacks anything, it's variety. Songs about dirty cops, ruthless killings, and meaningless sex are followed by songs about meaningless killings, dirty sex, and ruthless cops. Few of the tracks stand out from the rest, but maybe that's the idea. Maybe its just like Napalm says and they're "all singing the same song."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Priority Records
UPC:
0049925021325
catalogNumber:
50213
Rank:
154759

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cypress Hill   Track Performer
Gang Starr   Track Performer
David Bowie   Track Performer
Dr. Dre   Track Performer
DJ Quik   Track Performer
Don Harper   Conductor
Kokane   Track Performer
Xzibit   Track Performer
LOX   Track Performer
Clipse   Track Performer
Krumbsnatcha   Track Performer
Trick Daddy   Track Performer
Roscoe   Track Performer
Napalm   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
DJ Premier   Producer
Greg Dennon   Engineer
Adrian Lee   Programming
Muggs   Producer
Tommy Uzzo   Engineer
Brandon Abeln   Engineer
Michelle Lynn Forbes   Engineer
Troy Staton   Engineer
Steve Kempster   Engineer
Matt Still   Engineer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Jim Janik   Engineer
Claude "Swifty" Achille   Engineer
Dave Metzger   Orchestration
Rockwilder   Producer
Chad Hugo   Engineer
Battlecat   Producer
Michael Conrader   Engineer
Pharoahe Monch   Producer
Nelly   Executive Producer
DJ Shok   Producer
Steve Conover   Engineer
Donald "XL" Robertson   Producer

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Training Day 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredible- a gritty urban compilation.!!! The musical score is symphonic and selections like ''Wolf or Sheep'' woven in lend an authentic city sound. Musical score oscar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you like westcoast rap, this is definately the cd for you. it is all about hating the police, needing food, and in general i hate everyone. cept the nelly song which rules.