CineChart: Director Jonathan Levine's Hip-Hop Favorites
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:19:30
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Hip-hop plays an integral role in The Wackness, the story of a high school graduate-cum-drug dealer named Luke (Josh Peck) who experiences familiar growing pains during a sweltering New York summer in 1994. With nerve-pulsing beats by Wu-Tang Clan and Nas reverberating in the background, the film evokes memories of boomboxes blaring on street corners and stolen kisses set to R. Kelly’s buttery vocals. Director Jonathan Levine’s well-edited musical backdrop is indicative of his trustworthy taste, which is why ARTISTdirect propositioned him for a list of his Top 10 hip-hop albums. Below you’ll find a short selection of essential listening that will afford you aural pleasure for the remainder of blockbuster movie season (and beyond). Of course, for a strict slice of '94 nostalgia, you can always take home The Wackness' carefully cultivated soundtrack to achieve the same ends.
Ready To Die, Notorious B.I.G.
Stakes is High, De La Soul
Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan
The Chronic, Dr. Dre
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
Moment of Truth, Gang Starr
Check Your Head, Beastie Boys
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, The Pharcyde