Dimitri Ehrlich
April 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Original Gangstas

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Oscar Brown Jr., Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Fred Williamson
director
Larry Cohen
genre
musical

We gave it a B+

With talent ranging from fading o.g.’s Ice-T and the Geto Boys to rising stars Junior M.A.F.I.A., Original Gangstas updates the classic blaxploitation soundtrack. Beginning with a cover of Marvin Gaye’s ”Inner City Blues” by R&B crooners Ideal, and emphasizing Northern Cali flavor from regional stars like E-40, Spice 1, and Luniz, the album serves as a crash course in the last five years of black music, including a lesson in head-bobbing funk that shouldn’t be missed. B+

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