- Released: July 12, 2005
- Label: Atlantic
Uncut - p.1124 stars out of 5
- "[A] rough-edged set of hip hop hollers..."
- 1.I'm a King - (Remix, The remix, featuring T.I./Lil Scrappy)
- 3.Microphone (Skit)
- 4.It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp - (featuring Taraji P. Henson)
- 5.Tell Me Why
- 6.P***y N***az - (featuring Lil Scrappy)
- 7.Whoop That Trick
- 8.Bum Guy (Skit)
- 9.Man Up
- 10.Carbon 15's, A.K.'s & Mac 11's
- 11.Lil' Daddy
- 12.Let's Get a Room
- 13.Booty Language
- 14.Bad B**cH - (Remix, remix)
- 15.We in Charge (Skit)
- 16.Hustle and Flow (It Ain't Over)
- 17.Still Tippin' - (It's a Man's World Remix, It's A Man's World remix)
- 18.Murder Game
- 19.Get Crunk, Get Buck
- 20.Man Ain't Like a Dog (Skit)
Performers include: T.I., P$C, Trick Daddy, Lil' Jon, Lil' Scrappy, Three Six Mafia, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Trina, Lil' Wayne, Boosie & Webbie, Pretty Ricky, Trey Songz, Governor, Manni Fresh, Boys N Da Hood, Nicole Wray, Juvenile, Young Kuntry, David Banner, Mac Boney, X-Taci, Terrence Howard, Nasty Nardo, 8-Ball & MJG.
Personnel: Young AJ, Tydial, Christopher Dennis, Al Kapone, Stefanie Bolton, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard (vocals); Craig Love (guitar); Anthony Dent (programming); Pooh Bear (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: John Frye; Mr. Leslie Braithwaite; DJ Paul ; Slicse T; Dave Junco; Mike Foster; Glen Markezi; Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith; Josh Butler; Ray Seay; Rich Keller.
Recording information: Chase Studios, Atlanta, GA; Cotton Row Studios, Memphis, TN; Daddy's House Recording Studio, N.Y.C; Hypnotize Studios, Memphis, TN; LongBoy Entertainment Studio; P.S. West Studios, Atlanta, GA; Sho'nuff Studios, Atlanta, GA; Sound Lab, Smyrna, GA; Stankonia Recording, Atlanta, GA; Studio Center, Miami, FL; Trill, Baton Rouge, LA; UTP Studios, New Orleans, LA.
The 2005 film HUSTLE & FLOW follows the travails of DJay (played by Terrence Howard), a Memphis rapper and former pimp staring down his 40s and still looking for that initial success. The soundtrack collects a mix of some of the leading rappers of the Dirty South movement, including veterans E-40 and Eightball & MJG, as well as newer lights Lil Scrappy and Webbie. Also included are actual raps by Howard (in character as Djay), and a track from Al Kapone, the ghostwriter of the protagonist's rhymes.
HUSTLE & FLOW plays out like a Dirty South mixtape. The energy ebbs and flows from the rowdy "Swerve," which pairs Lil Boosie and Webbie, to the personal reflection of "Tell Me Why" by Eightball & MJG. Howard holds his own as an MC, particularly on the hook-laden "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," featuring his unaffected and appealing Southern drawl, while Al Kapone shows off his own skills with a bit of Southern style on "Get Crunk, Get Buck." The HUSTLE & FLOW soundtrack is the perfect complement to the film, effectively capturing the sweat and struggle for success in the crowded world of Dirty South rap.