Bulworth charges ahead with impressive line-up of rap artists

Luis Guerra

Staff Writer

Record

Review

Bulworth Soundtrack

Various Artists

Interscope Records

****

Talent is the one word that comes to mind when reading the list of contributors to the upcoming Bulworth soundtrack. Most rap-heavy movie collections highlight only a couple of real stars and end up drowning the album with no-name R&B and rap artists. There are a couple of rough spots here, but newcomers like Black Eyed Peas and Canibus help take this soundtrack to a level few reach.

Kicking off the show is "Zoom," which features L.L. Cool J and Dre, who also produced the track. L.L. starts off by singing the first verse and ends it by dissing Canibus, who is also on the album. "If shorty wanna step up, I'll twist his neck up/You can't get no money battlin' me, that's like rippin' your check up."

Pras of The Fugees teams up with Ol' Dirty Bastard and newcomer Maya on "Ghetto Superstar," a radio-friendly track that's a little heavy on cheese thanks to its "Islands in the Stream" chorus. It is a good song to get down with, though.

Next comes the meat of the soundtrack, Youssou N'Dour and Canibus on "How Come." The former is a world music pioneer, and Canibus is one of the dopest lyricists to come around in a long time, noted for ripping L.L. on the single, "2nd Round Knockout."

Title track is a posse cut which features Prodigy (of Mobb Deep), KRS-One, Method Man and Kam. Here the four come together to unleash fury against all. Witchdoctor's "Holiday" and Cappadonna's "Run" are also on the album, and both are tight tracks culled from recent solo outings.

Wu-tang's Rza offers "The Chase," which is loaded with his usual imagery and lyrics. Listening to this song in your ride could easily cause you to break a few speeding laws.

Other songs like Mack 10 and Ice Cube's "Maniac in the Brainiac," B-Real's "Lunatics in the Grass" and a reunited Public Enemy's "Kill 'em Live" are all worth a listen. Wack tracks are few and far between, so pick up Bulworth - it's worth your change.

A S.W.A.T. Healin' Ritual

Witchdoctor

Organized Noize/Interscope

***1/2

The South is full of talented M.C.s, all of whom bring their own style to the game. The Geto Boys were the first, coming hard with explicit themes of death and violence. Master P started this way, but he strayed off to the money-making relam of rap music.

The new guy out of the Dungeon Family is Witchdoctor, and his debut album is one of magic and mysticism. "Holiday/12 Scanner" was the debut single off the album released months ago, but its originality has kept it bangin'.

"7th Floor/The Serengetti" features Cee-Lo of The Goodie Mob, and his fellow Mob members appear on "4 in the Temple" and "Smooth S**t," the smoother of the two tracks.

Outkast lends its buttery flow to "Dez Only One," and "The Ritual" is straight-up wild. It sounds like something out of the jungles of Africa.

Along with originality and diversity, Witchdoctor brings a party groove and something you can think about. "Holiday" is the only real up-tempo song here, but Ritual is a getaway from all the crap flooding record stores right now.

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