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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.

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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

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listen  1. Afro Theme [Explicit]0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Afro Intro [Explicit]0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Certified Samurai [Explicit] 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Just A Lil Dude "who Dat Ovah There" (feat. Snoop Dogg) [Explicit] 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Afro's Father Fight [Explicit] 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Oh [Explicit] 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Walk [Explicit] 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bazooka Fight Inst. 1 (feat. The Game) [Explicit]0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Who Is Tha Man [Explicit] 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ninjaman (feat. Snoop Dogg) [Explicit] 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cameo Afro (feat. Too $hort) [Explicit] 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tears Of A Samurai [Explicit] 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Take Sword Pt. 1 [Explicit] 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Empty 7 Theme [Explicit] 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Fury In My Eyes/revenge (feat. Snoop Dogg) [Explicit] 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Afro Samurai Theme (First Movement) [Explicit] 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Afro Samurai Theme (Second Movement) [Explicit] 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Insomnia (feat. Chantal Claret) [Explicit] 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. So Fly (Feat. Julee Cruise) [Explicit] 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. We All We Got (feat. Wendy Starland) [Explicit] 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B0000269IF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Chan on February 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If the rating system was 1 to 10 (10 being a classic, 1 being trash), the review number I would give is 7.8. The biggest draw is (of course) the RZA produced tracks (except for like two songs), the album strikes me as being part soundtrack and part songs inspired by. The instrumentals for the anime are mixed between the vocal hip-hop tracks. RZA raps on three tracks, one of them being the theme for the show ("Afro Theme"). Other than "Afro Theme", I don't believe that there are any other rap tracks in the actual show. The instrumentals from the anime are alright, they are thankfully short and are diverse. Most of the instrumentals are not so much hip-hop influenced, instead they sound like blaxploitation movie soundtracks or like the Fight Club soundtrack from the Dust Brothers. Also, snippets of dialogue from the cartoon are nicely utilized to stamp the project with the Wu/RZA signature sound. The favorite instrumental of mine is "The Empty 7 Theme". I don't think most of the instrumentals are so experimental that I would consider them replayable like the Fight Club soundtrack is.

The rap tracks are very good. We get to hear Talib Kweli and Q-Tip rap on a RZA track. We get to hear Big Daddy Kane bless a RZA track. Those tracks are awesome, the favorite is "Certified Samurai" feat. Talib, Lil Free(?) & Suga Bang. But we get reminded that even a RZA-produced beat can't rescue a song with a horrible hook, like "Who Is Tha Man" (ft. Rev. William Burk). I'm not a Rev. William Burk fan, in fact I think his lyrics need work. Actually, that is a gripe I have with the album, not enough Wu-Tang representation. I'm not talking affiliates, I want original Wu-members. Only GZA appears (on the track with Big Daddy Kane). However, this is just a RZA project. Which leads me to my next issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Bernard on April 29, 2009
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The afro Samurai sound track is great from start to finish like the television series total mayhem and i mean that in a good whay.From the diversaty in the beats to the perfect insane mixing by the RZA like only he can do which is very interesting about him when he does soundtracks he clearly take it to another level.One thing is certain with his beats and mixing he is second to none he clearly show's everyone he's an absolute BEAST!! pick this up and every other soundtrack the RZA does.
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I'll admit that I didn't know much about Afro Samurai or this soundtrack as little as two months ago. I was flipping through channels one day when I saw this anime joint with a black samurai on Spike TV. Being that I'm an anime junkie, coupled with the fact that the soundtrack was dope, I decided to watch for a while. That while turned out to be an entire half hour and from then on I've been hooked. I immediately ran to my computer to see if this show was new, old, released on DVD -- basically to get whatever info I could get on it. I saw that the soundtrack was going to be released and I immediately circled the date on my calendar. I must say that the end results are actually quite good. The production is solid, though it isn't typical RZA. Honestly, I was expecting more Kill Bill type production, but this is strictly RZA flavor with a more straightforward asian theme. There are also some collaborators here that I'd never expected to hear rhyming over a RZA beat (Big Daddy Kane, Talib Kweli, Q Tip, etc) along with the usual WU Tang affiliates (GZA, 60 Second Assassin, Berretta 9, True Master, CCF Division, etc). Personally, the instrumentals do the job for me. Some of them aren't hip hop at all, but they're still great. To me, the vocal tracks are an added bonus to an already great album. RZA also includes four Bobby Digital "bonus" tracks (#21 - 24) that are decent.

As far as flaws, there really aren't many. You could say that the length of the disc (25 joints at about an hour) may be an issue, but I'm a RZA fanatic, so I loved the it. Also, "Oh" and "The Walk" are nice slow jams from Stone Mecca, but they seem kind of out of place on this album due to the abundance of hardcore, boom bap joints.
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The Rza was the right person to do, not just the score for the Afro Samurai movie, but also the soundtrack.
One of the best producers of all-time period, not just in Hip-Hop. He shows on the soundtrack, why Kanye West, Ninth Wonder, Just Blaze and many other known/unknown Hip-Hop producers influenced their style of producing music. The R&B songs aren't produced by Rza. The two songs by Wu-Tang affiliates Stone Mecca--'OH' and 'THE WALK' is produced by the late Rick James's son that goes by the name TRUE JAMES--as he's also affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan. The other R&B song called 'BABY' is produced by M1. J-Love, the official mixtape producer/DJ for the Wu-Tang Clan also helps in the producing for the song 'INSOMNIA'. The soundtrack is solid--DON'T SLEEP ON IT!!! WATCH THE MOVIE TOO!!!
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By Benjamin N. Martinez on October 4, 2007
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i like the mix they did with mixing westerner mus with jap its was greatly done. how ever i think it is a little to over rated. there where way to many short instrumental and few vocal songs. some where a little odd...and ppl seem to think that samurai is koool.... like gangster kool...wish i don't think so... more like anime kool.... anyways theres at list 5 great songs and the rest are slightly above average. i give it a 4 for being so well done and balanced. it has a little bit of everything. great cd 2 listen to with others cuz it as a little of everybody style in it. recommend 4 on the road trips
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