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Spike TV's fresh new animated mini-series Afro Samurai stars Hollywood superstar Samuel L. Jackson as a smoked-out samurai, out for blood and revenge on the man who killed his father. Think Kill Bill meets Shaft as told through the eyes of world-renowned Japanese anime creator Takashi Okazaki. This soundtrack features a score entirely produced by the RZA himself. Guest appearances include Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Given RZA's work on both the Ghost Dog and Kill Bill soundtracks, it's no surprise to see the venerable Wu-Tang producer tackling Afro Samurai. However, unlike the previous albums, where RZA more or less created scores, the Afro Samurai soundtrack is a mix of instrumental and conventional rap songs, featuring an eclectic mix of MCs, including Talib Kweli, GZA, True Master, and RZA himself. There are some strange tracks here, none more so than the maple syrupy R&B songs featuring Stone Mecca or Baby. The instrumentals, removed from the context of the movie, are themes rather than fully fleshed out songs but a few, like "Afro's Father Fight" are tantalizingly fast, furious, and funky. The rap songs hold some surprises, such as Q-Tip popping up on "Just a Lil Dude," or veteran Big Daddy Kane sparking off the dramatic "Cameo Afro." Fans of RZA's past albums, especially his Bobby Digital projects, will find Afro Samurai to their liking, but for those expecting a classic Wu-Tang album, they might be left lost in the oft-jarring mix of sounds. --Oliver Wang
I love listening to this CD a must have for any Afro Samurai fanPublished 1 month ago by Quentin T.
I looked at the line-up and thought this might be too good to be true but I was dead wrong. RZA's music and beats are all amazing and his rhyming is hard hitting and on point. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen
There are a lot of great soundtracks based on rock, rap, jazz, opera, classical, and r&b which I really liked. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by N8online
1 word.....Amazing RZA but it down!!! the true soundtrack to AFRO SAMURAI!!!! I just wish that they would have more seasons of Afro with that more soundtracksPublished on December 24, 2012 by Darkdmb6