Original Soundtrack

The Players Club

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The soundtrack to Ice Cube's directorial debut, The Players Club (a Cube-written drama about a young woman trying to complete college by stripping in a "gentlemen's club"), was the first release on his Heavyweight Records label, a subsidiary of A&M Records. Appropriately, the album has all the makings of a big deal, featuring a terrific single from Cube, "We Be Clubbin'," plus new tracks from Brownstone, Mia X, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, Changing Faces, Kurupt, Rufus Blaq featuring Spinderella, and a duet between Master P and Ice Cube, as well as Cube working with Scarface and Mack 10. If you're familiar with the names, you'll realize that many of the cuts on the album were made in collaboration with soldiers of Master P's No Limit army, and all of The Players Club has a bass-heavy, deep groove, which works appropriately for a movie about strippers, after all. There are a few weak moments on the album, but overall, it sets a mood and sustains it, resulting in a thick, funky contemporary hip-hop record that's thoroughly enjoyable.

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