- Released: September 15, 1997
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Spin - 11/97, pp.144-1466 (out of 10)
- "...Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, who produced, wrote or cowrote seven of this album's 13 tracks,...aims...his music...at the cloistered sanctity of the middle-class parlor....Babyface's ballads...are a kind of integration by melodrama....his music is the ultimate in middle-class insulation..."
Entertainment Weekly - 9/19/97, p.82
"...SOUL FOOD is full of fresh grooves and tasty hooks, [but] it lacks the focus that made [WAITING TO] EXHALE such a breathtaking album....SOUL FOOD seems more like a smorgasbord than a single-course soundtrack. There's a little bit of everything here, from salty rap to sweet soul balladry..." - Rating: B+
Rap Pages - 11/97, p.110
"...a quintessential album defining Hip-Hop soul prepared by a master chef who can burn tracks much like Roscoe does on his best day with chicken and waffles..."
- 1.Song for Mama, A - Boyz II Men
- 2.Call Me - Jay-Z/Blackstreet (Hip Hop Mix)
- 3.I Care 'Bout You - Milestone
- 4.What About Us - Total
- 5.Don't Stop What You're Doing - Lil' Kim / Diddy / Puff Daddy
- 6.We're Not Making Love No More - Dru Hill
- 7.Baby I - Tenderoni
- 8.Let's Do It Again - Xscape
- 9.In Due Time - Cee Lo / OutKast
- 10.Slow Jam - Monica / Usher
- 11.Boys and Girls - Tony! Toni! Ton‚!
- 12.You Are the Man - En Vogue
- 13.September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Personnel: Total, Usher (vocals, background vocals); Jay-Z, Kelly Price (vocals); Babyface (guitar, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Raphael Saadiq (guitar, background vocals); Darryl Pearson, Graig Love, Michael Thompson (guitar); Greg Phillinganes (piano, Wurlitzer organ); Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Laney Stewart (keyboards, drum programming); Andr‚ Benjamin (drums, keyboard programming); Kalifani (congas); Stevie J., Teddy Riley (programming); Crystal Wilson, Dru Hill, Jojo , Melvin, Kevon, K-Ci & JoJo, Monica, Cee Lo Green (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Neil Pogue; Jermaine Dupri; Jimmy Douglas; Jon Gass; Lane Craven; Phil Tan; Timbaland; Tony Maserati ; John Hanes .
Recording information: Brandon's Way Recording Studios, L.A., CA; Chicago Recording Co., Chicago, IL; KrossWire Studio, Atlanta, GA; Manhattan Center Studios, NY; MasterSound Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Patchwerk Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA; Studio LaCoCo, Atlanta, GA.
Arrangers: Chauncey Hannibal; Teddy Riley.