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2 Fast 2 Furious ... 2 Stars - 2 Fast 2 Furious - Soundtrack

2006-03-29 18:19

Ludacris' "Act a Fool" is a romping rap anthem full of groin-grabbing braggadocio challenges. While Trick Daddy's "Represent" ups the ante with a defiant street swagger soaked in minimalist slow funk before I-20 drop the clutch with their no holds barred and guaranteed to get the party started rap-exchange courtesy of Shawnna and Tity Boi.

From then on in it is pure unadulterated party jam pleasure with 8 Ball's "Hands in the Air" and Joe Budden's "Pump it Up" dedicated dance floor crowd pullers. And as expected Fat Joe cooks up an R&B flavoured Latino-G funk on "We Ridin'" the ideal companion to Pit Bull's "Oye" and K'Jon's "Miami".

On the down side while the ragga flavoured "Block Reincarnated" does depart from the formula, despite an hypnotic groove, Chingy comes across as a wannabe Slim Shady on "Getting' It". And Lil' Flip merely milks a tired old school West Coast groove that's so laid back it's almost stuck in neutral.

Surprise pick of the pack though is Dirtbag's "F*** What a Ni**a Say..." which initially seems to be an aimless amble, but actually proves to have a critique of some hip-hop clichés hidden in its lyrical boot. As does Dead Prez who drive down some muscularly lyrical rhyme avenues dabbling in rock guitar funk while celebrating the bling lifestyle on "Hell Yeah".

When it comes to cruising around in your very own customised cabbie, soundtracks to the inner city urban experience seldom get your groove on more than hip-hop. The good news is that 2 Fast 2 Furious is packed with enough bass-bin tweaking bombast to have the tinted windows and mag wheeled crews cruising for hours.


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