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SONIC DEATH MONKEY Soundtrack Reviews - Step Up 2: The Streets

Monkey steps
by Michael Collins

I had fun with Step Up, so I thought I'd check out Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack. Yeah, my mistake.

I was suckered into the sequel thing. Unlike the films themselves, I've actually had good success with sequel soundtracks. Let's have a look what this one has to offer.

Flo Rida gives a good example of some commercial party hip hop that isnít offensive in either a good or bad way. Missy Eliott may well be on both counts with, Shake Your Pom Pom. My my Missy, just what might you talking about. She will return later for some hyphy shenanigans.

Missy Elliott has some undoubted production skills, but sheís never had me to a fan. Apart from of her version of Lady Marmalade, Iíve never felt a need to listen to her music more than once. Yet in a dearth of female production talent in the music business, we definitely need more of her kind. Sheís a trailblazer to be sure, but I will welcome when others take over her important baton.

By the time I get to, Is It You, Iím beginning to wonder if I there is going to be any variation from the R&B/hip hop lite thatís presented to me so far. Trey Songz (dear oh dear) certainly doesnít offer anything different. All these gentle soul claps are going to send me to a gentle sleep. You certainly hope for some good dancing in the movie to distract you from the music.

T-Pain and Teddy Verseti get things to a higher level with Church. They almost have that Outkast feel to it when they were in their Idlewild mood. Thatís the highlight track of the album. Unlike Enrique Iglesias, who may well be making his father proud, but he does not impress me with his track, Push. Letís just push that out of here.

Another highlight is a cover of the old party track, The Clap Song, (Renamed here, 369) that I remember hearing performed by The Belle Stars. I still remember the lyrics:

ď3-6-9 - the goose drank wine,
The monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line.
The line broke, the monkey got choked.
And they all went to heaven, in a little row boat....clap! clap!Ē

Or something like that. Good times!

Not really feeling much here. Step Up was perfectly fine as far as dance movies and its accompany soundtracks go, but this sequel isnít doing it for me.

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