Vibe - 12/00, p.1984 stars out of 5
- "...Music that compels you to dance and think....This balance between head and hips keeps the soundtrack beguiling..."
The Source - 10/00, p.264
"...A plethora of big-name recording artists whose collective sound keeps the flow harmonious....there are more than enough tight tracks on this to make you feel like you weren't bamboozled..."
Producers include: Prince, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone.
Engineers include: Dejuana Richardson, Ralph Sutton, Shawn Grove.
Personnel: Erykah Badu (vocals, strings, drums, cowbells, tambourine, bells, chimes); Vernell Sales (vocals); Bob Power (guitar, programming); Linda Snedden-Smith, Bruce Smith , Marguerite Deslippe, Alex Steyermark, Hart Hollman (violin); Sasha Mishnaevski, Glenn Mellow, Manchin Zhang (viola); Marcy Chanteaux (cello); Dejuana Richardson, Angie Stone, Shawn Grove (recorder); Don Baker (English horn); R.C. Williams (piano, organ, keyboards); Bruce Hornsby (piano, synthesizer); Larry Goldings (organ, Wurlitzer organ); Gerald Levert (keyboards, drums, programming); James Poyser, Niles McKinney (keyboards); Stephen Molina, Max Janowsky, Steve Edwards (double bass); Ralph Rolle (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Stevie Wonder (programming).
Audio Mixers: Ben Arrindell; Chris Champion; Ralph Sutton ; Axel Niehaus; Wayne Pooley; Leslie Brathwaite.
Recording information: Consipio Studios, Japan; Crack House, NY; D; D Studios; Electric Lady Studios, NY; Hair Pub For Men; Head Up Recording, NJ; On The Way Studios, OH; Paisley Studios, Chanhassen, MN; Palmyra Studios, TX; Purple Dragon Studio, Atlanta, GA; QUad Recording, NY; Stusio, Philadelphia, PA; Wonderland Studios, LA.
Photographer: David Lee .
Arrangers: Erykah Badu; Gerald Levert; Stevie Wonder.
The original motion picture soundtrack to Spike Lee's BAMBOOZLED echoes the film's theme, which explores and satirizes the appropriation of African-American culture by both TV and the film industry. Acts such as Public Enemy, The Roots, and Rage Against The Machine combine to remake the classic Public Enemy cut, "Burn Hollywood Burn." Matching Lee's groundbreaking cinematic skills, the soundtrack also contains rare contributory appearances from such superstars as Stevie Wonder ("Misrepresented People," "Some Years Ago") and Prince ("2045 Radical Man").
Numerous big time acts are featured here, including Erykah Badu ("Hollywood"), Gerald Levert ("Dream With No Love") and Bruce Hornsby ("Shadowlands"). One of BAMBOOZLED's hottest cuts is from Profyle ("One Night"), produced by ALLSTAR (SWV, Joe), which displays the vocal stylings of one of Motown's newest groups to good effect. Another among a collection of notable cuts is "Blak Iz Black" by Mau Maus, which features such cutting-edge rappers as Mos Def, Charli Baltimore, Canibus and MC Serch.