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"Original Soundtrack Sunday"

by Eric on July 29, 2007

Various Artists-Who’s The Man? O.S.T.

We begin “Soundtrack Sunday” with one of my favorite Soundtracks of all time. In terms of quality music and a commendable assemblance of artists it’s safe to say that I would group the original soundtrack to “Who’s The Man?” amongst the likes of Death Row CLASSICS “Above The Rim” & “Murder Was The Case” (yeah, I was on my West Coast kick in High School just like every other die-hard “East Coast” head!!). Released in 1993 on Uptown Records, it’s hard to imagine that Executive Producers Sean “Puffy” Combs & Andre Harrell had anything else on their mind other than providing a showcase for their impressive label roster (B.I.G., Jodeci, Mary J. Blige & Father MC were all signed to Uptown and pop up on the soundtrack). The soundtrack starts off with a bang in the fashion of “Party & Bullshit” provided by an artist who went by the moniker BIG (who would later go on to make some “waves” in the world of Hip Hop…insert sarcasm). Oh, here’s a nice little tidbit for you….I, for one always thought that “Party & Bullshit” was produced by Clark Kent….nope, it was indeed Easy Mo Bee (thank you once again Discogs!!). Next up, you had Erick Sermon’s “Hittin‘ Switches” which still to this day remains one of my favorite beats he ever did. The track also made an appearance on Sermon’s solo debut “No Pressure” (hmmmm, I might pull that one out today and give it a listen). Another favorite of mine which was recently included in my “When They Reminisce Vol.II” compilation, House Of Pain’s “Who’s The Man?”. Produced by DJ Lethal, “Who’s The Man” ranks up their with H.O.P.’s best material along with the Diamond D featured “Word Is Bond” and both the original & Pete Rock Remix of “Jump Around”. It’s really hard to enjoy Jodeci’s “Let’s Go Through The Motions”, it’s sorta’ like listening to BoyzIIMen nowadays….even though it was surefire babymakin‘ music in High School, by comparison today it sounds kinda’ lame. Also, as with most soundtracks you have alot of “leftovers”. What I mean by “leftovers” are cuts that most of the time don’t make the artists own album and Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “What’s Next On The Menu” is a prime example of this. “What’s Next On The Menu” pales in comparison to anything that was included on “Mecca & The Soul Brother”…..but, it’s still Pete & CL!!! After you check out the soundtrack I highly recommend you also try and dig up the accompanying movie as every major rapper from 1993 and their baby’s mamma make an appearance in “Who’s The Man?”, and it’s also good for a few laughs…-Eric

Various Artists-Trespass Original Soundtrack

Released in 1992 on the now defunct Sire Records (for some odd reason, I think that they were a subsidiary of Warner Bros.), “Trespass” was a solid but not awe inspiring soundtrack to the movie that featured two of the West Coast most notorious gangsta rap legends Ice Cube & Ice-T. I really dug this one up about a month ago and gave it a spin based on the fact that the sample Ill Poetic used for “Common Knowledge” off of his outstanding “The World Is Ours”, is also the same sample that GangStarr flipped for “Gotta’ Get Over”. Now, first of all this soundtrack does have some fast forward material as the uninspired “Do What I Gotta’ Do” was an obvious omission from P.E.’s “Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Black” and Cube & Ice-T’s collabo “Trespass” isn’t really what you’d expect from a pairing of two of the “left side’s” finest. The tracks that shine on Trespass..SHINE! For instance, “You Know What I’m About” is one of the hardest beats that I’ve ever enjoyed from D.I.T.C. alumni Lord Finesse and “I Check My Bank” is without a doubt the only Sir Mix-A-Lot track that I’ve ever desired to hear more than once. Damn, Mix is probably one of the only artists whose work I’ve never checked for…even out of shear curiosity. Of course you’ll find AMG up to his usual shenanigans on “Don’t Be A 304″ and AMG’s pals Penthouse Players Clique don’t stray too far from AMG’s winning formula on “I’m A Playa” (damn…original title, huh?). Now, for the real winners…the aforementioned “Gotta’ Get Over” by GangStarr is “Trespass’” shining moment (be sure to check for the Large Professor remix as well if you’ve never heard it) and Black Sheep’s “Off The Wall” was an impressive submission from the Native Tongue’s extended fam during their heyday. I can’t remember how this movie was so I wouldn’t say I’d recommend it as I did “Who’s The Man?”, but you definitely are sleepin‘ if you’ve never heard the soundtrack…-Eric

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Big Fonz July 29, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Damn E, good idea about doin a section on soundtracks. You know, now I’m waiting for you to drop the New Jack City soundtrack. I bought that tape way back when I was a youngin’ and loved it. Peace.

Travis July 30, 2007 at 5:39 am

Both of these remind me when Sound Tracks were actually good. I liked both a lot, although I’d probably lean toward Trespass just a tad more. I haven’t bought a soundtrack since probably High School High or The Show.

Fonz, someone sent me a request for New Jack City last week, so I plan on upping it either tomorrow or the next day, so check out WYDU in the next couple days and it should be up.

turtle July 31, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Who’s the Man was great for Big’s song alone. I also liked Hittin’ Switches, the House of Pain song and the HARDEST Father MC song ever, ‘What’s the law, Pimp or Die’. I like the Spark 950 and 3rd Eye songs more now than when the soundtrack was released. I have never checked the Tresspass soundtrack or movie.

Anonymous July 31, 2007 at 4:51 pm

hey dude wats the password? for whos the man

Anonymous July 31, 2007 at 4:52 pm wats the pasword pls

Owen Prior August 1, 2007 at 1:50 am

can i please have the password too?

Eric August 1, 2007 at 1:53 am

PW=willforall…my bad ya’ll

Owen Prior August 1, 2007 at 2:36 am

my 2 cents:
the biggie song has to be the tightest on Who’s The Man, tho actually i really like the Pete Rock & CL Smooth track (but i am a bit biased, they are nearly my GOATs)

Owen Prior August 1, 2007 at 2:37 am

if you’re gonna do any more soundtracks, high school high would be my most anticipated. puleeeez!

Anonymous August 1, 2007 at 4:56 pm

thanxs man

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