If for no other reason than the chance to hear new music by such genre icons as Millie Jackson, Isaac Hayes, the Dells, former Temptation Dennis Edwards, Manhattans mainstay Gerald Alston, and chanteu

If for no other reason than the chance to hear new music by such genre icons as Millie Jackson, Isaac Hayes, the Dells, former Temptation Dennis Edwards, Manhattans mainstay Gerald Alston, and chanteuse Marlena Shaw, this soundtrack is worth listening to. The movie itself, described as a "hip-hop journey into France's Marseilles street culture," co-stars Akhenaton, the front man for European rap group IAM who teamed with French composer Bruno Coulais to coordinate the music for this soundtrack. But while the concept of melding the best of American and French soul/R&B (including Cunnie Williams) with New York hip-hop is a noble one, something gets lost in the translation. While Jackson's turn on "Prisoners of Love" is among the more noteworthy older-school offerings, it's the hip-hop element that stands out here: most notably Talib Kweli's "Prime Example."—GM

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