The Blade II soundtrack to the relatively large-budgeted, B-movie sequel starring Wesley Snipes is the third in a series of soundtrack records that Happy Walters of Immortal Records assembled. The first, for the movie Judgement Night, included hip-hop and rock acts pairing up for new songs, and the second was for Spawn and featured electronica and hard rock acts. For Blade II, it's hip-hop and electronica acts, and Walters has assembled many of the biggest names in both genres. Electronica can work perfectly with hip-hop, adding a lot of fancier beats and grooves and making the songs distinctive from the usual hip-hop soundtrack. But as with a lot of these sorts of projects, many of the big names are just making appearances, while only a few seem to be putting much effort into this. Among the best tracks is Eve and Fatboy Slim teaming up on "Cowboy" and even better is Ice Cube and Paul Oakenfold on "Right Here, Right Now," a song that's reminiscent of Cube's over-the-top performance on the huge single "We Be Clubbin'." Both of these tracks are catchy enough to be huge rap radio hits. Redman also adds plenty of character to his teaming with the Gorillaz, "Gorillaz on My Mind," a silly tune backed by some super funky music and some smooth background vocals. But Mos Def sounds like he doesn't care about the lackluster "I Against I" with Massive Attack, and Cypress Hill, Bubba Sparxx, and Busta Rhymes' contributions are similarly forgettable.
AllMusic Review by Adam Bregman