The biggest radio hit in late 2001 to mid-2002 in the Philippines was "Stupid Love," by rap group Salbakuta, which uses for its foundation Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen." The rap tells of a guy's undying -- but stupid -- love for a woman who treats him like dirt, leading to the group singing the chorus from "Evergreen," over which at strategic pauses the rappers shout "Stupid!" It seems like everyone knew this song, from four-year-olds to grown-ups. So it's no surprise that a movie was made using the same title, although the spelling was changed somewhat to S2PID LUV. Keep in mind that Viva Films, which released the film, is a sister company of Viva Records, which released Salbakuta's album, as well as this soundtrack. S2PID LUV -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack contains the original hit song by Salbakuta, as well as a new "all-star" version featuring esteemed male rappers Andrew E. and Blakdyak. While the premise for "Stupid Love" sounds ridiculous, after awhile the song grows on a listener. The rest of the soundtrack offers more than just filler material, much more in fact. "Body Language" starts on a metal-like chord progression, leading to an entertaining rap by Andrew E., now signed to Viva Records after a stint at Sony Music Philippines, who tells here of meeting a girl on a lucky night. Another good rap outing is "Hayzkool Life" (slang for High School Life), performed by rap group Cruzzada, which uses the tender and penetrating "High School Life," first sung by Sharon Cuneta, as the basis for a reflection on (good) days gone by in high school. This is a worthwhile, enjoyable album.
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