American Gangster: the story of Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, highlights the heroin drug trade of the 70’s. Russell Crowe plays an ambitious detective who exposes the US government’s plans to transport drugs. The film also stars Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Djofor, Carla Gugino, Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Yul Vazquez, Roger Bart, Common, TI, and RZA. The soundtrack album gives you a diverse introspect on the film featuring artist such as Hank Shocklee, The Staple Singers, Public Enemy and Bobby Womack. The focus single (Do You Feel Me) on the album features platinum recording artist Anthony Hamilton. The song is also written by Diane Warren, one of the most successful and prolific songwriters to ever work in the music industry.
Human Traffic OST surely doesn’t have much to do with hip-hop. There’s a bigger variety of other genres inside like electronic, drum n bass and techno, but for hip-hop fans that have seen this movie it will be remembered with the Koops record shop scene where he reveals a record which is being released by some unknown cats called Itchy Trigger Finger Niggas. Haven’t done much of an investigation myself but discogs page says, this is the only record these guys dropped under that name. But it’s a must have for all golden era fans. So I am putting this one up because of the track 1-10. If I remember correctly, then CD2 doesn’t contain any hip-hop on it but I uploaded this because we are dropping only full releases.
From the OST “Street Fighter“.
This one here contains only 1 track per each side. Both tracks made it to the soundtrack for late 80’s action movie ”Action Jackson”. This caught my attention because of the B side. If side A features a synth-pop track, then side B for this single is the only record to feature Protect and Serve – hip-hop track by MC Jam and Pee Wee Jam.
Think of the OC in the ghetto with guns, drugs and violence and you’ve pretty much got the Kidulthood soundtrack sussed. Just as the film represents the murky life of inner-city adolescence, the soundtrack is a who’s who of the infamous and unsung hip-hop and grime heroes these troubled teens adore.
Dizzee Rascal’s “Jus’ A Rascal”, and Lethal Bizzle’s “Pow” deserve the major props on this generous, 25-track affair. From the more mature end of the spectrum its good to see Roots Manuva’s “Witness” get another outing.
There are other five star offerings from The Streets, Klashnekoff and Skinnyman -though Shystie is the only female featured, and Kano is nowhere to be seen. Still, it’s only a small complaint – this is a quality soundtrack, conveniently doubling as a useful primer to the contemporary UK Urban scene. –Matilda Egere-Cooper@BBCreview