Fast and Furious

by: Various Artists

The soundtrack to the fourth {#The Fast and the Furious} film is well in the tradition of the previous three, an inconsistent collection of street/club hybrids designed to make listeners feel like they're going to an opulent nightspot that just happens to be on the rough side of town. {^Fast & Furious} -- a confusing name for a sequel that's actually bettered by Malaysia's alternate title <I>4 Fast 4 Furious</I> -- starts out well enough with the taste-making choice of Baltimore rapper {$Rye Rye} plus {$M.I.A.} on the {$Blaqstarr}-produced {&"Bang."} {$Busta Rhymes}' macho {&"G-Stro"} is good enough, but the {$Kenna} selection is an obscure surprise, coming off his slept-on {^Make Sure They See My Face} album and sounding like {$Kanye West} meets {$Bootsy}. {&"Blanco"} and {&"Krazy,"} with {$Lil Jon}'s ghetto-tech production, overshadow the other two {$Pitbull} tracks, although the Miami rapper's collaboration with {$Robin Thicke} features the priceless "Like {$Barack} bring some hope to this bad world/Go ahead you bad girl." While reggaeton master {$Don Omar} does fine on {&"Virtual Diva,"} the faceless {$Shark City Click} cut and {$Tasha}'s pointless {$Madonna} cover are textbook examples of filler. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

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