Various Artists

NFL Jams [Intersound]

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NFL Jams pairs professional football players with in-the-moment acts from the worlds of contemporary R&B, hip-hop, and their variants. It's mostly promotional, as guys like Ray Nealy, Andre Rison, and Michael Strahan wisely let their collaborators handle most of the music. That makes sense -- you don't see DJ Hurricane sitting in at middle linebacker, or Destiny's Child coming in on a nickel package. Highlights include GZA's "Chasing Dreams," "Burning Down the House" from Foxy Brown, and the smooth Dirty South flow of Eightball's "Do What a Playa Do" (featuring Andre Rison). The Quad City DJ's also stop by, trying to get a sweat going with the booty bass cut "Uh-Oh." Overall, NFL Jams is a pleasant enough ride. But there's really no excuse for the album-ending "We Are the World" ripoff "We're All in This Together," where everyone from Brownstone and 98° to Montell Jordan and tight end Frank Wycheck gang up on the cloying choruses.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Curtis Conway / Michael Jackson / Next 04:23 Amazon
2 AZ / Ray Buchanan / LaTocha Scott 03:31 Amazon
3 8Ball / Andre Rison 04:38 Amazon
4 Destiny's Child / William Floyd 03:23 Amazon
5 Foxy Brown / Andre Rison 03:58 Amazon
6 Garrison Hearst / Boyz II Men 04:23 Amazon
7 Dunstan Anderson / Quad City DJ's / Daryl Gardener / Anthony Harris / Ray Nealy / Ed Perry 03:54 Amazon
8 Kerry Collins / DJ Hurricane / Danny Kanell 03:32 Amazon
9 Tamar Braxton / Scott Galbraith / Nicci Gilbert / Sam Salter 04:08 Amazon
10 Jeff Blake / Faith Evans 04:44 Amazon
11 GZA / The Genius / Rob Report / Esera Tuaolo 04:08 Amazon
12 Ashley Ambrose / Chuck Smith / Michael Strahan / Esera Tuaolo / Xscape 03:41 Amazon
13 Johnny Gill / Corey Harris 04:36 Amazon
Dave Alexander / Ashley Ambrose / Jamie Asher / Roy Barker / David Binn / Jeff Blake / Tamar Braxton / Foxy Brown 02:54 Amazon
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