This soundtrack, from Mario Van Peebles' hit movie New Jack City, is a fairly good cross section of rap, house, and R&B styles, in keeping with the attitude of the movie (a violent cop vs. crack lords drama). There's no "Theme from Shaft" for the '90s here, but there are some slammin' sides all the same -- the album kicks right into high gear with Ice-T's "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)," a nonstop barrage of beats, samples, and furious rhymes. F.S. Effect manage to convey the same sort of energy and fury with "Get It Together (Black Is a Force)" later in the album. The disappointment in the rap area is the track from 2 Live Crew, with a mix of slightly better than routine beats and samples and some lousy lyrics handled in a lazy throwaway manner.
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AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald