Craig Seymour
June 23, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Music From and Inspired by Shaft

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
La Face
genre
Soundtracks, Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

Aside from Isaac Hayes’ near note-for-note remake of the theme, Music From and Inspired by Shaft is an arsenal of blaxploitation-funk homages from some of today’s most affecting rap (OutKast, Too $hort, Eve) and R&B acts. Relative newcomers Donell Jones, Carl Thomas, and Angie Stone show they’ve learned well from old-school vocalists. And R. Kelly’s two cuts feature enough heartfelt croons and orchestral soul grandeur to make any bad mutha proud. B+

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