- Released: March 19, 2002
- Label: Immortal
Rolling Stone - 5/23/02, pp.82-843 out of 5 stars
- "...BLADE II combined hip-hoppers with electronic acts..."
Rolling Stone - 5/23/02, pp.82-84
"...BLADE II combines hip-hoppers with electronic acts..."
Q - May 2002, p.1243 out of 5 stars
- "Few blockbuster soundtracks could match this CD of dance/rap dust-ups for pure pyrotechnics..."
- 1.Blade (Theme)
- 3.I Against I
- 4.Right Here, Right Now
- 5.Tao of the Machine
- 6.Child of the Wild West
- 7.The One
- 8.We Be Like This
- 9.Gorillaz on My Mind
- 10.Gangsta Queens
- 12.Raised in the Hood
- 13.Gettin' Aggressive - (Mowo! Mix, remix)
- 14.Mind What You Say - (bonus track)
Compilation producers: Happy Walters, Jeff Farley.
Personnel: Danny Saber (guitar, programming); Endre Granat (violin); Stephen Erdody (cello); John Richard Lewis (trumpet); Alan Kaplan (trombone); BT, Alex Swift (programming); Kid Koala (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Danny Saber; Frank Gryner; Paul Oakenfold; Robert "3D" del Naja; Scott Humphrey; Steve Osborne.
Audio Remixers: Martin Brumbach; Mocean Worker.
Unknown Contributor Role: Static Revenger.
Arranger: Robert "3D" del Naja.
Just as the soundtrack to the first BLADE film echoed the movie's blend of old-school suspense and high-level effects, so too does its successor. In fact, BLADE II even more closely mirrors the Wesley Snipes film's combination of visceral emotion and modern technology by teaming hardcore hip-hop acts with contemporary electronica artists.
The results are an effective new paradigm wherin the down-home rap stylings of Bubba Sparxxx are taken to Planet Trip-hop by the Crystal Method ("PHDream"), and the straight-up sound of Trina (fresh from kicking off the ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS soundtrack album) is offset on "Gangsta Queens" not only by Rah Diggah, but more noticably by the modern dance rhythms of Groove Armada. In the end, BLADE II is a satisfying mixture of street savvy and studio surprises.