Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Slam: The Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Soundtracks
It's nice to see that a film that places so much value in the spoken word went out of its way to fill up the soundtrack with accomplished rappers: most everyone here has demonstrated on more than one occasion that he has s... more »
It's nice to see that a film that places so much value in the spoken word went out of its way to fill up the soundtrack with accomplished rappers: most everyone here has demonstrated on more than one occasion that he has something to say (while the few that don't have much to say at least have a nice flow). Representing the old school, there's Q-Tip, a newly resurgent and provocative Brand Nubian, and KRS-One, who teams up with Saul Williams, a noted spoken-word artist and the film's star, who has appeared on both the Lyricist Lounge, Volume One and Black Whole Styles compilations. Then there's the new kids, most of whom have been around the block a half dozen times: Big Punisher, Goodie Mob, Black Rob, Mobb Deep, and a surprisingly catchy Flipmode Squad. Still, the spoken-word interludes, taken from the film and performed by Williams, Sonja Sohn, Jerome Goldman, and Bonz Malone, put most all of the MCs to shame with their intensity and eloquence. --Randy Silver
olaf | Seattle, WA | 10/05/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I got the soundtrack because I really liked the movie and am a huge Saul Williams fan, yet there is very little Saul on the album.I am a bigger fan of what many people concider "concious" hip-hop, and there isn't too much of that on here.Stand-out tracks are 10 and 17, but you can't really go wrong with KRS One or Dead Prez.The only tracks that are actually from scenes performed in the movie are 7, 11, 15, 19.I was dissapointed that saul's spoken word from the jail basketball court didn't make it onto the album.In short, the album is good for tracks 7, 10, 11, 15, 17, and 19, and I could really care less for the rest."
If You Enjoyed The Movie, You'll Love The Soundtrack!
Sal Paradise | Washington, DC | 07/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The soundtrack has most if not all of the memorable verses read including the music which really set the tone of the movie. There's Saul's last poem on this cd which is reason enough to buy this soundtrack!"
Good Movie, Good Message, Good Hip-Hop
olaf | 04/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man, I have to take issue with the review by Vibe (a publication that for the most part takes commercialism much too seriously). Strangely I listened to the soundtrack before I saw the movie. At the time I thought it was ok, but not exceptional.
When a friend of mine and I watched this movie, I thought the movie was thought-provoking and uniquely directed.
After watching the movie I returned to the soundtrack and found it to be much much better. The slam tracks were much better in context.
Also how can you argue with Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Dead Prez, and KRS-One all on one album."