Wouldn't it be great to be famous, throw a party, and invite all your favorite musicians to perform for you and your friends? Dave Chapelle thinks so, too, so he threw just such a party in the summer of 2005--in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY--and invited not only his friends but a whole bunch of people he didn't know. A self-professed hip-hop head, Chapelle asked some of the finest and most respected artists in the game--including the Roots, Black Star, Jill Scott, and Common--to provide the music for his little soiree.
There's very little thug or hardcore posturing present on any of these tracks (or in the film version of the Party directed by Michel Gondry). Instead, the hip-hop here is socially conscious, groove-oriented, and reflective of the old-school virtues of the hip-hop community. Jill Scott and Erykah Badu bring a taste of sharp-edged R&B to the proceedings, while Talib Kweli, Common, Mos Def, and Dead Prez keep the raps fluid and consistent throughout this dynamic, good-times throwback of a set.
Rolling Stone (pp.64-68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[This soundtrack] plays like a greatest-hits of neosoul and mama-friendly hip-hop from the past decade, with open-armed performances from luminaries like Common, Mos Def and Erykah Badu."
Hip Hop - Dead Prez
Definition - Blackstar
Golden - Jill Scott
Universal Magnetic - Mos Def
Blast, The - Talib Kweli/Mos Def
Light, The - Common/Bilal
Boom - The Roots - (featuring Big Daddy Kane/Kool G Rap)
Back In The Day - Erykah Badu
Way, The - Jill Scott
Umi Says - Mos Def
You Got Me - The Roots/Jill Scott - (featuring Erykah Badu)