Rusty Cundieff's satirical mockumentary Fear of a Black Hat was billed as rap's answer to This Is Spinal Tap, and while it didn't quite match that film's brilliance -- partly because it was admittedly derivative, partly because it was less subtle and its dialogue less dense -- its sendups of hip-hop clichés and personalities were deadly accurate and frequently hilarious. Nearly every song on the soundtrack was co-written by Cundieff, and most parody specific songs or artists with wicked glee. What's just as impressive, however, is the attention paid to the variety of production styles among those artists. It's no mean feat to replicate sounds as diverse as those of Snoop Dogg, C+C Music Factory, PM Dawn, N.W.A., LL Cool J, Public Enemy, and Licensed to Ill-era Beastie Boys, but Fear of a Black Hat apes them all in elaborate detail. That's what sets it apart from the similarly conceived CB4, and that's what makes it such an entertaining listen even apart from the film.
AllMusic Review by Steve Huey