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Friday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1995) Retail CD
I don't pretend to spend enough time watching movies from the 20th Century long enough to make this statement, but this Friday Soundtrack is pretty damn close to the best I've heard from any movie of any kind.
I will however stand behind proclaiming this the greatest hip hop soundtrack of all-time!
With this CD, you get a movie soundtrack that combines old school soul with new school West Coast hip hop that ruled the better part of the early '90s and fits this movie's 1995 South Central L.A. setting.
Obviously it will help a listener relate and understand the place of each song on this soundtrackmore… by actually watching the movie first -- otherwise, you'll probably take this CD's creative interpretations as nothing more than easy listening for bluntheads and triflin', good-4-nuthin' type of bruthaz who don't have jobs.
This isn't that kind of negative movie -- it's more light-hearted, very funny, very laid back and the soundtrack reflects that.
The soundtrack gets off to a flawless start with two tracks that were and continue to be four-star hip hop bangers: Ice Cube's "Friday" and Dr. Dre's "Keep They Heads Ringin'". Cube's title track basically puts it down as far as talking about the fun, sometimes querky, sometimes violent and hella crazy antics that go down in his 'hood (thus, why you need to see the movie to relate). The other is a smash party/dance track with an adequate Dre rap over a hype, relentless Dre beat (enough said).
Mixed in you get the original recordings of some of "Our parents music" with classics like the Isley Brothers "Tryin' 2 see another day," "You Got me wide open" by Bootsy Collins, the classic Rick James track "Mary Jane" and the soulful, slow love ballad "I Wanna Get Next to You" by Rose Royce.
In between you get fitting tracks from (then) contemporary hip hop acts like Cypress Hill ("Roll It Up, Light It Up"), Threat ("Lettin' N****z Know") and the crunk classic "Hoochie Mama" by 2 Live Crew (one of my personal favs -- LOL, they not rhymin' 'bout all women, but a certain kinda person).
Perhaps the best thing about this soundtrack and really a template for what makes a great soundtrack great is when you have a compilation of appropriate fitting songs that actually relate to scenes, emotions and plots from the movie.
This may sound dubious but too many post-1997 soundtracks -- hip hop-inspired anyway -- totally went away from this formula, turning soundtracks into free for alls for new artists doing mostly tired, throwaway songs that in several cases weren't even featured in the movie.
"Friday" is the quintessential hip hop soundtrack masterpiece!
|1||Friday - Ice Cube|
|2||Keep Their Heads Ringin' - Dr. Dre|
|3||Friday Night - Scarface|
|4||Lettin' Niggas Know - Threat|
|5||Roll It up, Light It up, Smoke It Up - Cypress Hill|
|6||Take a Hit - Mack 10|
|7||Tryin' to See Another Day - The Isley Brothers|
|8||You Got Me Wide Open - Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell|
|9||Mary Jane - Rick James|
|10||I Wanna Get Next to You - Rose Royce|
|11||Superhoes - Funkdoobiest|
|12||Coast II Coast - Tha Alkaholiks|
|13||Blast If I Have To - E-A-Ski|
|14||Hoochie Mama - 2 Live Crew|
|15||I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Roger|
- Friday: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1995) Retail CD
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