Though the movie was greeted with mixed reviews (I loved it!) the soundtrack was a precious commodity-- it introduced us to the riveting voice of Ms. India.Arie. A mix of soulful crooning from Arie, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone and Stevie Wonder, the soundtrack also had an appearance from the one and only purple one, Prince with Chuck D and the Roots.
(9) Hav Plenty
Ok, I really didn't like the movie, I admit. But, the soundtrack was hot. What else would you expect if Babyface was one of the movie's Executive Producers? I am a fan of Des'ree and she and Babyface did the sexy "Fire". Queen Pen's "Rock da Body" was on the CD as well as Badu's "Ye Yo". Sexy soundtrack, booty movie.
(8) Higher Learning
This was an eclectic mix of music, very similar to the movie which had a very eclectic cast and original, albeit dramatic, telling of the college experience. The soundtrack had some of my favorite acts on it, including the Brand New Heavies, Raphaeel Saadiq (who wasn't singing "Ask of You" all the time?) and Zhane.
A lot of people complained because many of the soundtrack's songs weren't in the movie. That makes sense, the anger, because it was kind of illogical that that happened. Particularly when the previous Speakerboxx 2-disc set from Outkast contained more of the memorable songs from the movie. However, the Idelwild CD still is a strong musical treat on its own and has some funky tunes including my favorite, "Morris Brown" and the lyrically fun "Hollywood Divorce"
(6) Car Wash
This goes without saying...the title track is STILL a dance floor hit for the 30 and over crowd.
(5) New Jack City
Christopher Williams, Keith Sweat Levert,Troop, Queen Latifah, and the cut "I Wanna Sex You Up"...this is a classic album, whether it was a soundtrack or not...
(4) Jungle Fever
"These Three Words", the title cut and "Sailing" were just some of the beautiful pieces on the CD that was entirely written and performed by the ever-excellent Stevie Wonder
(3) Waiting to Exhale
This Babyface creation had hit after hit but just because it was a pop hit didn't detract from its flava...the compilation was fiya...I mean, you have MJB on "Not Gon Cry", the 90s IT girl-group SWV and the under-appreciated Chante Moore making an appearance. Chaka Khan's version of "My Funny Valentine" is the soulful version often imitated since the CD's release while Faith Evans' "Kissing You" was a tender touch to a stellar A-list soundtrack.
This soundtrack introduced us to the sexy and seductive voice of lady Toni Braxton. Who doesn't know by heart "Love Shoud Have Brought You Home"? In addition, we had PM Dawn's "Die Without You", Boyz II Men "End of the Road" and Tribe's "Hot Sex". This compilation was da bomb! I was in college when it came out and EVERYBODY had it on rotation.
(1) Love Jones
Many a ten or eleven year-old alive today probably was conceived when their parents popped in the CD to the movie Love Jones. This soundtrack gets the number one spot because it was chock full-- from beginning to end-- of selections that captured perfectly the vibe of the movie....sexy, modern, fun and tender. Trina Broussard's turn on the Minnie Ripperton tune "Inside of Me" introduced many to soulful singer while Cassandra Wilson's "You Move Me" is soul-churning each time you hear it. Of course you can't forget Dionne Farris' "Hopeless" or Lauryn Hill's "Sweetest Thing".