Various Artists Baadasss!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Badass, but not quite the dramatically elongated BAADASSS!, director Mario Van Peeble's satisfying soundtrack plays like a greatest hits album-an ode to all things black and feisty. MVP has assembled classic fight songs like Miriam Makeba's "Lamumba" and his father's storied title-track "Sweetback's Theme," to which BAADASSS! pays homage. But we've all heard that stuff before in college. It's the modern tracks that give this soundtrack its legs: "Cou Cou," a new and fantastically cool cut from Zap Mama, Antibalas (this generation's Fela Kuti), and Pete Rock with Pharoahe Monch all stick it to the man real nice.