Various artists, "Music Inspired by More Than a Game"

Album Review

The soundtrack to the sports documentary "More Than a Game," a coming-of-age story about friendship and loyalty among five young basketball players in the face of adversity, is much like the film: inspiring, with a star-studded lineup. Most of the songs exude a sense of motivation, including Mary J. Blige's heartfelt "Stronger" and Jay-Z's nostalgic "History." Other tracks, like Rich Boy's braggadocios on "Top of the World" and the encouraging "If You Dream," help lift the story of the fab five (led by future NBA superstar LeBron James), whose high school team went on to win its national championship. The album's standout track -and the one that captures most of the film's emotion-is the ambitious "Forever," featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Eminem. Over the double-speed drums and horn-laden production, Drake harmonizes, "It may not mean nothing to y'all/ But understand nothing was done for me/So I don't plan on stopping at all/I want this shit forever."-Mariel Concepcion