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Ghost Dog Way Of The Samurai Soundtrack, Explicit Lyrics

3.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Imports
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004SCH5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Samurai Code Quote - Forest Whitaker
2. Strange Eyes - Sunz Of Man/12 O'Clock/Blue Raspberry
3. 4 Sho Sho - North Star
4. Zip Code - Black Knights
5. Samurai Code Quote - Forest Whitaker
6. Cakes - Kool G Rap
7. Samurai Code Quote - Forest Whitaker
8. Don't Test/Wu Stallion - Suga Bang Bang
9. Walking Through The Darkness - Tekitha
10. The Man - Masta Killah/Superb
11. Samurai Code Quote - Forest Whitaker
12. Walk The Dogs - Royal Fam/La The Darkman
13. Stay With Me - Melodie/12 O'Clock

Product Description

Product Description

Ghost Dog ~ Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samur

Indie film director Jim Jarmusch always works an unexpected angle, whether it's offbeat humor, a nonlinear narrative, or specific and idiosyncratic characterization. For his latest film--the story of a ghetto hit man who lives by the codes of the Hagakure, an 18th-century Japanese warrior text--Jarmusch enlisted RZA, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan. Instead of imagistic tone poems that serve to reinforce a certain mood, à la Neil Young on Dead Man, RZA offers active gunplay that propels the film's narrative. The 11 tracks serve as an RZA-producer showcase, standing as independent pieces, regardless of the movie itself. Tracks vary from the subdued "4 Sho Sho," which interpolates Forest Whitaker's interior monologue with RZA's street visions, to the stuttering rhythms of Kool G. Rap's "Cakes." Tekitha's '70s disco groove for "Walkin' Through the Darkness" offers unexpected sensuality, while "The Man" by Masta Killah sets things back on the gangsta tip. --Rob O'Connor

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
When looking for the producer of a soundtrack accompanying a movie called 'Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai' where would you turn your head to? Yes, Shaolin a/k/a Staten Island, home of another modern day samurai, in the best meaning of the word, The RZA. With this album he truly shows the whole variety of his musical talents in such a breath-taking way that you wouldn't think the album was produced, mixed & arranged by just one man.
This is not your typical Wu-Tang album although nearly everybody around the 9 men hip-hop posse makes a guest appearance and even the Clan itself reunites for one track, although not in its strongest line-up (GZA and Deck would have been nice on this). It sounds more like an experimental hip-hop album but still manages to catch the spirit of the movie it's based on. The album has 12 tracks and 7 'Samurai Code Quotes' that connect the soundtrack to the movie in a very discreet way. Due to their length, only a few seconds, they don't disturb the record's melodical flux.
There's no real standout track one the album but also no wack filler. And while some of the best vocal acrobats take their turn serious you can discover a lot of interesting and fascinating sounds and musical elements compiled by Bobby Steels. Sunz Of Man's Strange Eyes comes with an almost jazzy beat and is dominated by the singing of 62nd Assassin and Blue Raspberry. Don't Test by Suga Bang Bang is a slow-paced, laid-back, meditational reggae/hip-hop anthem that in fact urges you to close your eyes and dive into Ghost Dog's world while Tekitha lets him walk through the darkness over an 70's disco-inspired beat.
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When I saw the movie, I thought: "Okay, the music in here is pretty phat. I guess I'll be checking out the CD." Mind you, I had high expectations for the music anyway, since I've always been of the mind that a lot RZA's tracks have MAD character and ambience, and that if he got rid of some of the rapping here and there they'd be great tracks to chill out or break the speed limit to.
However, the problem with this CD is that the stalking, spooky tracks from the film AREN'T ON IT! We're left with some record company-suggested/use-a-rapper tracks that just don't fly in the face of what you knew SHOULD have been on this disc. What we're left with are throw-away B-side second-tier Wu-tang tracks that Wu-tang probably wouldn't use.
This record hurt my feelings and my wallet. I wanted hip-hop artists to be able to show Hollywood that they could handle the "big stuff" like soundtracks. DJ SPooky got burnt the same way on "Slam". I guess we'll just have to wait for another one to come down the pike.
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rza recycles a couple beats to good effect like speeding up Shadowboxing to make (duh) Fast Shadow, which is a dope track featuring meth, dirt, rza, and mastakilla. MastaKilla is disgusting with Superb on the Man as well, and Rza's Samurai Showdown is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time. The beat is the theme throughout the movie, and he just rips it (and I wont hesitate for a second to break your back like Big Jack from Tekken) The beats are complex and sick, they change up and have bridges. The vocals are laid amazingly with a bit of cloudiness sometimes which I think is intentional. Jeru comes clean over a rza beat that I think comes from a ShogunAssassin sample that he used in one of the interludes from Liquid Swords. Sunz of Man and La The Darkman come hard, and all in all, this is just a great release. It doesn't contain ALL the songs from the movie, only new ones. (killah priest's from then till now isn't on there or the reggae song). All in all, its definitely a true rza project and its not bobby digitally themed for those that hated. It shows his new musical direction that's still as razor sharp and innovative as its always been. Since the ghostface album and this, I think rza is getting wholly back into music after what seemed like a small bout of laziness or lack of inspiration or something. I'm glad to see it.
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I was really impressed with "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai"...the movie, and I was really impressed with the the movie. Unfortunately, "Ghost Dog" the CD bears little resemblance to the tunes I remember from the film (maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention)...but I was shocked when I purchased the disc and realized that the best pieces of music- RZA's instrumental tracks were all but missing! Don't get me wrong, there are some good tracks on the disc; Jeru sounds good, RZA delivers some dope rhymes, so does Masta etc. but where is the dub-flavoured track from the film? the sword-practice track? The haunting chimes and beats from the opening of the film? This disc seems to collect all the filler from the which was played as background (and I mean inaudible?)music and pasted them together in order to have a group of Hip Hop notables for sales purposes...Is this the record company's fault? I hope so. Anyway, I returned the disc, and am anxiously awaiting a second Ghost Dog CD 'bout "Ghost Dog: The music we want to hear".
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