Music Review

Music Review: 'Panther' and 'Pump Ya Fist: Hip Hop Inspired by the Black Panthers'

If you're expecting rage, the soulful mood of the Panther soundtrack may surprise you. ''Freedom'' is a ''We Are the World''-type tour de force, featuring 93 female artists, including Vanessa Williams, Mary J. Blige, and Yo Yo. Less inspiring is Bobby Brown's tepid ''Slick Partner.'' For fury, check out Pump. In a field featuring KRS-One and the return of the exalted Rakim, Chuck D shines with his relaxed, understated delivery. Panther: B Pump: A-

Originally posted May 12, 1995 Published in issue #274 May 12, 1995 Order article reprints