Making the move from hip-hop prodigy to film star is Jermaine Dupri protege Lil' Bow Wow, who not only stars in but provides much of the music for the soundtrack LIKE MIKE. Playing an orphaned adolescent who finds a pair of magic sneakers allegedly worn by Michael Jordan, Bow Wow quickly ascends to the NBA where he goes up against real players like Jason Kidd, Alonzo Mourning, and David Robinson. In the recording studio, the teen rhyme merchant goes at his guests just as hard whether he's keeping the flow going over the trash-talking Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous, and Fundisha on "Basketball" or rocking the rim with the jam "Take Ya Home."
Other talents who get into the game include thug crooners Jagged Edge and Cash Money's TQ on the silky "I Remember," teen crooner Mario on the fat funk of "Put Me On" (featuring Alicia Keys's instrumental backing), and Nas weaving lyrical magic over Amerie's sultry harmonies on the airy "Rule." There's even a cameo by Beyonce Knowles's sister Solange rocking the street beats alongside B2K on "Dance With You." Yet another win for Team Dupri.