Original Soundtrack

High School High

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Although the Jon Lovitz movie High School High was a juvenile, predictable low-brow parody of Dangerous Minds and other inner-city dramas, the soundtrack to the film is considerably sharper and more attractive. Assembled (and marketed) with the knowledge that the film would likely alienate its target audience of hip-hop and urban R&B fans, the soundtrack is a stellar sampler of mid-'90s musical styles, featuring everything from hardcore rap to smooth new jack balladry and alternative rap. Over the course of its 20 tracks (the sheer number of songs makes the album a worthwhile purchase), Faith Evans, the Braxtons, Quad City DJs, D'Angelo, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Jodeci, Scarface & Facemob, Lil' Kim, the Braids (who cover Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody"), Spice 1 with E-40 & the Click, and the Roots all deliver excellent cuts; there are also two Wu-Tang Clan cuts, including the first solo track from RZA (the song-as-commercial "Wu-Wear: The Garment Renaissance") and Inspectah Deck & U-God's collaboration with Street. Though its momentum sags in a couple of places, High School High remains a thoroughly enjoyable and surprisingly eclectic listen, and is easily one of the finest soundtracks of 1996. It's certainly more fun than the film it supports.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Braxtons 03:56
2
Changing Faces 04:17 Amazon
3 Cappadonna / Method Man / RZA 03:55 Amazon
4 Real Live 04:00 Amazon
5
Faith Evans 03:43 Amazon
6 Erykah Badu / D'Angelo 04:11 Amazon
7 Large Professor / Pete Rock 04:03 Amazon
8
Lil' Kim 03:17 Amazon
9
Spice 1 / E-40 04:08 Amazon
10 De La Soul 03:28 Amazon
11 The Braids 04:00 Amazon
12
KRS-One 03:35 Amazon
13 A Tribe Called Quest 04:01 Amazon
14 Jodeci 03:45 Amazon
15
The Artifacts 04:12 Amazon
16
Grand Puba / Sadat X 03:46 Amazon
17
Facemob / Scarface 03:45 Amazon
18
Inspectah Deck / U-God 04:01 Amazon
19 The Roots 04:06 Amazon
20 Quad City DJ's 03:55 Amazon
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