The worlds of hip-hop and electronica collide on the Blade II soundtrack.
The worlds of hip-hop and electronica collide on the Blade II soundtrack. Inspired by the Wesley Snipes action flick, the 14 tracks—with the exception of the opening track "Blade (Theme From Blade)"—feature a rap act teamed with an equally well-known electronic act, with the latter serving as the song's producer. While blending genres is always risky business—remember the rap-and-rock-inspired Judgment Night soundtrack?—Blade II has several bright spots. The combination of Ice Cube and Paul Oakenfold on "Right Here, Right Now" works because Oakenfold supplies Cube with an aggressive, guitar-driven track that fits his rhyme style. "Gorillaz on My Mind," which features Redman and Gorillaz, is both amazing and hilarious as the quirky acts feed well off each other. Other highlights include the Roots & BT's "Tao of the Machine" and the dancehall-inspired "Cowboy" by Eve and Fatboy Slim. Conversely, there are collaborations that sound like experiments gone awry. Both "We Be Like This" (Fabolous, Jadakiss, and Danny Saber) and "Gangsta Queens" (Trina, Rah Digga, and Groove Armada) go nowhere fast. A mixed bag, indeed, Blade II has enough bite to keep things interesting.—RH