American Gangster: Film & Soundtrack Review
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Featuring Common, RZA, T.I. and a slew of Hollywood’s finest acting talent, this movie is stolen by Washington who shows us the complex levels of a man who had what it took to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, but instead ended up another victim of racism-induced rage. Co-star Russell Crowe’s steady performance (featuring a shaky accent that lands somewhere between Australia and New Jersey) is solid but not enough to make the audience root for him, while Washington, as brutal as his character is, steals hearts, minds and theater audience applause.
After you see the movie, don’t forget to check out the adequate, although somewhat typical, official soundtrack featuring a diverse slate of artists such as Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Womack, Public Enemy, The Staple Singers and more. Surrounded by classic artists, Hamilton offers brand new soul stuff in the form of the lead single “Do You Feel Me” (which he also performs in the film).
And keep an eye open forJay-Z’s unofficial soundtrack of the same name. Due to drop November 6, it’s chock full of new material and ranks as the Def Jam honcho’s best work in years. Really.
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