Pootie Tang

Original Soundtrack

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Pootie Tang Review

by Jason Birchmeier

By mixing older classics with a number of new songs by contemporary artists, the Pootie Tang soundtrack makes for a fun listen, even if it's not as loaded with superstars and potential hit singles as the other rap/urban soundtracks of 2001. There are a trio of songs that were commissioned specifically for the film -- 702's "Pootie Tangin," Karl Clanton's "Why Pootie Why?," and "Ode to Pootie," written and produced by Prince Paul -- all three of which are standout moments on the soundtrack. Elsewhere, the older classics -- Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" and Zapp's "I Want to Be Your Man" -- obviously stand out for not only nostalgic reasons but also because these are amazing songs that faded into obscurity a bit over the years. There's also a remix of Master P's roof-raising "Make Em Say Ugh" that isn't really that much different from the original in terms of production, but features new rhymes by P, Silkk the Shocker, Mia X, and Snoop Dogg -- this should interest Dirty South fans, as should the admittedly impressive "Dirty Dee," another above-average No Limit contribution. Erykah Badu's "Southern Woman" seems almost effortless, with her singing some insightful lyrics over a sparse human-beatbox track courtesy of Razhel, but it's a wonderful moment thanks to its modesty. Another song worth checking out is Roscoe and Nate Dogg's "Yesterday," yet another stunning moment for the latter smooth-voiced vocalist who seems to be everywhere in 2001. This leaves only a few other tracks of acceptable though not impressive quality on this relatively brief 14-song, 55-minute soundtrack. This lack of exhaustive filler is in fact welcome, and makes the soundtrack a more satisfactory listen. Pootie Tang isn't quite as jaw-dropping as the Baby Boy soundtrack, for the sake of comparison, but it's yet another impressive rap/urban soundtrack for the already soundtrack-heavy summer of 2001.

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