Title - 'Chi-Raq' [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Artist - Various
'Chi-Raq' is an upcoming feature film directed by Spike Lee and written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film is described as a satire, whose subject matter is gang violence that is prevalent in some neighborhoods on the city's south side; particularly, Englewood.
The film is produced and distributed by Amazon Studios and is actually, creatively based on Lysistrata, a Greek comedy by Aristophanes. However, not characterized as a musical, 'Chi-Raq' is, yet again, a deeply-poignant new cinematic movie from the innovative director.
This highly-impressive new album kicks off with the storytelling of 'Pray 4 My City,' sung by an almost unrecognizable re: hard vocal style by Nick Cannon. Chock full of some rather rude words, so beware, it is backed by the more R&B soul groove of 'Put The Guns Down' from R. Kelly, which in turn is backed by the soulful sway of 'Contradiction' by Mali Music feat. Jhené Aiko.
Next up is one of my personal favorites from this great new album, 'Born In Chicago' from Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Sasha Go Hard. A wonderful grouping of musicians, an unlikely one, some might even say, the track is followed by the Hospital storytelling of 'Sit Down For This' by Mali Music. 'Desperately' by Sam Dew is backed by both the slow R&B of 'Simple' by Treasure Davis feat. Kid Ink (and more swear words), and then the beautiful ballad, 'I Want To Live' by Kymm Lewis.
Next up is another track from Nick Cannon, 'My City,' a track that contains "the N word" on more than one occasion, and that is followed by the gentle storytelling 'WGDB' by Kevon Carter. Featuring a shout out to Bill Cosby, it tells the story of a young 17 year-old boy who was shot and killed, that never got the same exposure as Cosby, etc. The album then rounds out with the stunning piano-led ballad 'I See The Light' by Sophia Byrd, the Gospel pop sensibility of 'All Power' by Cinque Cullar, and then a highly emotive 'I Run' by Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson.
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