Dangerous Minds OMPS OST SNDTRK
My usual interest in new-to-me things led me to pick this up when I saw it for $2.
Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise (f. L.V.) was the big hit here, of course, and is the lead-off track so you know where the hopes were pinned. Sadly, all I can hear now, when playing this, is ‘Weird Al.’ Anyway. Up next is Aaron Hall’s song called Curiosity, which is middle of the road 90s r&b and, worse, all one pitch. Big Mike’s Havin’ Thangs has a Superstition-like intro, then becomes a cool enough slow rap bling jam.
Rappin’ 4-Tay, apart from having a really terrible name, gives us Problems, the problem for which is the same as Aaron Hall’s – middle of the road and all one pitch. Same goes for Mr. Dalvin & Static’s True O.G. Mehhhh. Tre Black’s Put Ya Back Into it is old school 80s rap that samples Gary Numan’s Cars. Next.
24-K is next, with Don’t Go There. I think this is the best advice on the album so far. This is so shrill and fucking obnoxious, and I really feel bad for Otis Redding (and, later, Aretha) that this mess has to quote Respect. Next is Feel The Funk by the (also terribly-named) Immature. Seriously, don’t call a song Feel The Funk and then have no funk, and slow r&b it instead! Immature indeed.
Sista’s It’s Alright (f. Craig Mack) is a highlight track here. Take that with a grain of salt, when comparing tracks with most of what’s here. Still, I enjoyed the edge to this song. The stupidly-named Rappin’ 4-Tay is back again, this time with A Message For Your Mind (yeah, the message reads Get A New Name) is really weak. It samples the Jackson 5’s I want You Back, and it’s pretty bad when someone else’s song is the best thing about your song.
DeVante’s Gin & Juice, which is not a cover of Snoop Dogg’s hit single, is also pretty damn bad all around. I wrote “WTF” in my notes. Next! Well, there’s only one song left and that’s Wendy & Lisa’s This Is The Life, which is the album’s touchy-feely, supposed-to-be meaningful and uplifting track. Yawn.
In Sum: Most of this was crap. Skip it.