We are not even mad at this, because the good doctor from the west coast delivered big once again. No, it’s not the long-awaited ‘Detox’ album, which would now be dubbed as a golden unicorn or some sort myth. But we still can’t complain because Dr. Dre captures the sound and emotions of west coast music and most importantly, the soul and passion that we are supposed to feel when we watch the upcoming film ‘Straight Outta Compton’. This album is a solid piece of work which offers appearances from some of Dre’s most prolific collaborators — such as Eminem, Marsha Ambrosius, Snoop Dogg, The Game and Xzibit. Overall, the California king ends a long hiatus (16 years) and bring a new batch of G-funk that will not disappoint.
Rumor has it that this movie hits the mark when it comes to authenticity of NWA’s legacy and quality. But how can you go wrong with F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre on the same squad??
Given the task to put together the soundtrack for the highly anticipated remake of ‘The Great Gatsby’, Jay-Z creatively integrates a collective of musical genres and took a couple minutes to bang out another joint himself. This one is titled ‘100$ Bill’ and it almost goes without saying… he comes through once again. This song is the opening track of the soundtrack which actually sounds pretty good and doesn’t need to be skipped through.
Remember when Jay-z, Beanie Sigel and State Property used to be on the same squad and they had this aura about them that made them seem unstoppable and at times invincible. Out of the many years, this roster banged out an abundance of hit records and countless classics. There may be some disagreements here but this particular joint is timeless and one of those records that never gets old. Originally featured on the State Property II Soundtrack, ‘It’s On’, a collab that featured Jay and Beans has got to be THE most infamous and greatest collaborative effort in Rocafella’s memorable reign.
THE RZA STEPS INTO A NEW REALM
When creative juices all flow in the same direction, the level of one’s artistic capabilities can soar to heights that are unimaginable. From his early days as a member, front-man, and producer of rap’s Wu-Tang Clan, the Rza has shown a remarkable amount of growth as a student of his craft. His work ethic has proved to become something of fascination from his many fans and peers. As he continues to get deeper into the film side of things, Rza still remains to be at the top of his class. During his latest endeavor, ‘The Man with the Iron Fists’, he’s found himself being the director, screenplay writer, and responsible for the movie’s soundtrack. The movie falls into the tradition of some of film’s most memorable kung fu flicks. With Rza’s cinematic musical production style, which we all come to know him as being heavily-influenced by martial arts, The Man with the Iron Fists is a true measure of Rza’s will to be one of this era’s greatest storytellers and visionaries.
As a legendary hip hop producer, Rza has been responsible for some of today’s true hip hop classics. As the head of the Wu-Tang Clan, he was the mastermind behind the concept of the group as a unit. It seems as though he utilized that same formula for putting together one of the hottest movie soundtracks we’ve heard in a long time. Check out this track from the soundtrack, it’s sure to make you a believer.
1. The Black Keys / RZA – “The Baddest Man Alive” [produced by The Black Keys and The RZA]
2. Ghostface Killah / M.O.P. / Pharoahe Monch – “Black Out” [produced by Fizzy Womack]
3. Kanye West – “White Dress” [produced by Kanye West and The RZA]
4. The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” [produced by Bob Perry]
5. Idol Warship [Talib Kweli / RES] – “Get Your Way” [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
6. The Wu-Tang Clan / Kool G Rap – “Rivers of Blood” [produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood]
7. Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / Street Life – “Built For This” [produced by Frank Dukes]
8. Killa Sin – “The Archer” [produced by Frank Dukes]
9. RZA / Flatbush Zombies – “Just Blowin’ In The Wind” [produced by The RZA]
10. Pusha T / Raekwon / Joell Ortiz – “Tick, Tock” [produced by Frank Dukes and S-1]
11. Corrine Bailey Rae – “Chains” [produced by Steven James Brown and Corrine Bailey Rae]
12. Francis Yip – “Green Is The Mountain”
13. The Wu-Tang Clan – “Six Directions of Boxing” [produced by Frank Dukes]
14. Mable John – “Your Good Thing (Is About To Come To An End)” [produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter]
15. Wiz Khalifa / Ghostface Killah / Boy Jones – “I Go Hard” [produced by The RZA]
Classic! This is a song taken from the original ‘Belly’ soundtrack. Back then, these dudes were considered unstoppable and it seemed as though the music world revolve around them. This was a great compliment to the movie itself which critics said would not do good in theaters. On the contrary, the movie was dubbed a ‘hood classic’ and the soundtrack featured a slew of certified heat from some of the industry’s top mc’s.
Oh how we soon forgot, the city of Philly had a nice run in the early 90’s, and Boyz II Men was at the forefront of that movement. Held closely under the wing of Michael Bivins, the supergroup from Philadelphia had the charts on lock for months, and when this video was released, that was only the beginning.
After bursting on the scene with their debut album, ‘Creep Wit Me’, Ill and Al Skratch stayed amongst some of NY’s finest rappers. They went on to appear on the New Jersey Drive soundtrack and then fell from the spotlight towards the late 90’s…