- Released: September 11, 2001
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Intro (Live the Life)
- 3.You Can't Break Me
- 4.Where the Party At - (11-01-01 Dupri Remix, 11-01-01 remix)
- 6.Big Poppa
- 8.The Storm Is Over Now
- 9.Ball Game
- 11.Who Ya Love
- 12.Rest of My Life - (not in film, bonus track)
Personnel: Jermaine Dupri, R. Kelly (vocals); Donnie Lyle (guitar); Kendall D. Nesbitt (keyboards); Abel Garibaldi, Nasheim Myrick, Ian Mereness (programming).
Audio Mixers: Doug Wilson; Jermaine Dupri; Luis Diaz; Michael Denten; Peter Mokran; Phil Tan; R. Kelly; Rick Rock; Richard Travali.
Audio Remixer: Jermaine Dupri.
Recording information: 302 Studios; Battery Studios, NY; Cash Money Studios; Infinite Sound Studios, Alameda, CA; Quad Studio; Rock Land Studios, Chicago, IL; Sound on Sound Recording, NY; SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
In the film HARDBALL, an urbanized update of BAD NEWS BEARS, Keanu Reeves plays the coach of a kids' baseball team. Aside from the starpower provided by Reeves's presence, the film has another element in its favor; an accompanying soundtrack album full of hip-hop and contemporary R&B. The disc's roster is an appealing mix of youngsters (kid rapper Lil' Bow Wow) and tried and true vets (R. Kelly, Da Brat). The sense of fun inherent in the film can be experienced sonically on the title song, where Bow Wow and cohorts including Lil' Wayne declare their skills in the game. The Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous appearance on "Big Poppa" adds a little mack daddy flavor to keep the adults interested, but HARDBALL never gets too raunchy for minors or too corny for grownups.