Soundtracks are generally hit and miss affairs by their very nature, the main attraction after all is supposed to be the film. And let's face it, the majority of film soundtracks are awful. The quality tends to improve somewhat when it comes to American black urban movies due to their relationship with urban music, be they comedy or otherwise, but still one must tread carefully. Now, I picked up this album shortly after the film came out. Not on the strength of the film mind you, because I must admit I haven't seen it! Answers to this place if you have and whether it's any good!
Hip hop was very much alive and well back in 1996 and what we get here is a solid mix of rap and R n'B tracks from this era (mostly hip hop actually). There are a couple of duds as one would expect. Quad City DJ's anyone? And both Jodeci and Changing Faces have had better days. But for the most part, very solid tracks from some of the biggest names in hip hop in the form of Wu-Tang, Lil'Kim, De La Soul, Krs-One and of course the mighty A Tribe Called Quest. And a lot of these songs are only to be found on this compilation, to the best of my knowledge. A couple of curious ones are thrown in for good measure also. The Braids (who?) do a very funky version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and arguably the strongest track is D'Angelo and Erykah Badu's powerful rendition of Ashford & Simpon's `Your Precious Love'. It's emotional mix of soul, doo-wop and the amazing vocal performances is a joy to behold. If you like your hip-hop and R n'B, you could do worse than picking up this little ditty.