Matt Diehl
September 10, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Wood

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Taye Diggs, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones, Tamala Jones, Sean Nelson (Actor)
director
Rick Famuyiwa
Producers
MTV Films
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Rick Famuyiwa
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Take the ”inspired by” in this collection’s title literally, as only half of the songs here showed up in The Wood. Still, there are enough bass-booming burners from the likes of the Roots and DMX to start a forest fire; unfortunately, the ragged mix of hardcore rap, middle-of-the-road R&B, and old-school hip-hop frequently comes off as sonically schizophrenic.

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