Year of Release: 2003
Record Label: Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam South/UMG Soundtracks
I have been slacking on this, but I am going to continue doing my series of Fast & Furious soundtracks.
In my review of the soundtrack album to the first film, I had criticized that album because of how a lot of songs were put on there despite having little relation to the film. Although there were some songs on that album that actually were in the movie, the rest of it just felt like they were put in just because. Now I did not hate that album. In fact, I like it, but at the same time it felt like a lot of the songs were just thrown together, even though a lot of the songs were good.
Now what I am going to talk about is the soundtrack to the second film of the series, 2 Fast 2 Furious. What also separates this from the first film’s soundtrack is that a lot of the songs on there were actually in the movie. Not to mention that unlike Ja Rule in the first film, Ludacris actually had a bigger role than his in this film as he had more screen-time. Oh, and he also had a couple of songs on the soundtrack. One of which included cast-mate Tyrese.
Being that Disturbing Tha Peace and Def Jam South had put out this album, this album actually has some southern hip-hop on here, as well as, of course songs, from DTP artists.
Many of the songs from DTP artists actually delivered, including “Act a Fool” from Luda himself. I still remember how that song was all over the airwaves back in 2003 as it was the lead single for this album. You can’t deny that Luda delivered some good lyrics as well as had that charisma to keep you into the song. It also had a good beat to back it. The other song, “Pick Up The Phone,” which also had R. Kelly and Tyrese is a decent track, but I will say that I have never heard R. Kelly rap before this song. It wasn’t bad, but it just seemed odd. Tyrese also provided some good vocals on that song.
Now what about the other DTP members’ songs? Well, “Slum” was actually a standout song from I-20, Shawnna, and Tity Boi (Later and better known as 2 Chainz). It definitely has that club-banger vibe. “Block Reincarnated” from Shawnna and Kardinall Offishall was another good track. Truth be told, I kept on thinking that Kardinall Offishall was Sean Paul. “Gettin’ It” from Chingy has a good beat from Trak Starz and Chingy’s flow really went well with it.
There was another song on this album that is from someone who had appeared in the movie. “Peel Off” from Jin was actually a decent track as it was fast-paced and Jin has a good flow and lyrical delivery, as well as rhymes, not to mention the song really goes with the driving aspect in the film. Speaking of driving, Lil’ Flip’s “Rollin’ on 20’s” was another standout track from H-Town’s own.
Many of the other tracks on this album have their own merits and are actually decent, if good. I can’t complain about “Hands in the Air” from 8Ball. “Hell Yeah” from Dead Prez is also a standout, with their political rhymes actually meshing well with a southern-influenced beat. The same could be said about Trick Daddy’s song. I can’t even complain about Fat Joe’s track on here. Not that I have ever complained about Joey Crack before. Hell, even “Pump It Up” from Joe Budden fit on this soundtrack. Don’t get me wrong, I like Joe Budden, but something tells me that this song was a last minute addition as his self-titled debut album was released not long after this one. Also, “Pump It Up” was already out prior to this film’s release. Also, Pitbull had a song on here before he blew up a year later, and it was actually a decent track to dance to. By the way, this was way before he rocked the suits and the shades.
There were only a couple of songs that I didn’t care for, which were the Dirtbag and K’Jon tracks. They really didn’t stand out in my opinion.
I must also touch on a few tracks that made it to other versions of this compilation. It seems that the German and Japanese releases had tracks that were not on the American release. Also, there was a song that was on a further release from this version. To tell you the truth, a couple of those songs were actually good, which were “Get Dirty” from DJ Desue, A.G. and Party Arty, and the other was “Comin’ Up” from Saukrates. The other two were passable and I didn’t mind them, but hearing them now makes it feel a bit dated. I am talking about “Cruisin'” from Sphere of Influence and “Remember” from Cronite. I have never of those two acts, so I can’t really say much about anything else from them.
The 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack is actually a good one. I actually enjoyed it better than the soundtrack to the first film. There are a lot of decent-to-good tracks and very little filler. So I give this a good recommendation.
NEXT UP: The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift soundtrack
Top 5 Tracks:
- Act A Fool
- Rollin’ on 20’s
- Pick Up The Phone
- Peel Off