Music/Film composer David Arnold has a few popular box office film scores under his belt, including The World Is Not Enough (1999), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Godzilla (1998), and Independence Day (1996). How did he land the lackluster deal for the action thriller Shaft?
Isaac Hayes, of course, is the only originator to this classic namesake. His "Theme From Shaft" is a '70s standard, therefore, it carries things this time around as well. There is more of an urban, gangsta rap tone to this version -- unexpected, but not surprising. West Coast rapper Too $hort claims he was never a sucker, getting nasty ghetto-style on "Pimp Sh*t." Things get even raunchier with songs from hoarse-throated beatboxer Mystikal, OutKast, and Goodie Mob's Big Gipp. But Shaft is known for being smooth, too. R. Kelly and Donell Jones attempt to lay the lights down low, but time is cheap. Shaft does not uphold its original musical savvy. Once is enough, and sadly only an average resurrection to one of the '70s signature funkadelic anthems.