By Jericho Faustino, Courier Staff Writer
"More than a Game", the soundtrack to the motion picture, "More than a Game", is full of chart topping artists such as : Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Lil' Wayne, and many more.
Track 1: Drop It Low
Performed by: Ester Dean ft. Chris Brown
The song has a very repetitive and club style beat that would sound great in a club or a party. I didn't really think the verses where that great. The song is like lyrical freak dancing. I wouldn't recommend anyone listening to this song with their parents or little kids present.
Track 2: Forever
Performed by: Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil' Wayne & Eminem
This song has a great beat, and features some of hip-hops biggest stars. Drake's verse was exceptionally good, considering his other songs. Kanye West's verse sounded good as well and it had a type of personality that is unique to Kanye West. Lil' Wayne had a great verse and I especially like his line, "...Im like Nevada in the middle of the summer/Im resting in the lead I need a pillow and a cover..." Eminem had a great verse too. It was full of emotion and had the same style as his older songs, but his verse was just too short.
Track 3: King On Set
Performed by: T.I. ft. Young Dro
This song seems fitting for a movie about LeBron James. It has a sort of commanding style and a leader sound to it, just like LeBron James's style of play. T.I. does a great job in establishing his dominance and Young Dro adds more sugar to this track. This track has a very subtle message, Playing with the king, we gon' knock your a** off...
Track 4: Stronger
Performed by: Mary J. Blige
I absolutely love this song. This song is an emotional and powerful song by the great Mary J. Blige. She has such a great voice throughout this song and her emotion is palpable in the track. She sings about how she can persevere through anything with her lover by her side. The whole song is just an emotional masterpiece.
Track 5: History
Performed by: Jay-Z
This is song is an inspirational song that stresses victory over defeat. Jay-Z tells of how he try's to be triumphant, but defeat is following him. I thought this line he says, "(Victory)Why won`t you visit me, until she visits me/I`ll be stuck with a sista, her name is defeat..." shows Jay-Z's creativeness. Jay-Z shows that he still has it in him to create this heart felt track.
Track 6: Top Of The World
Performed by: Rich Boy ft. Chili Chil
This track is full of Rich Boy's aggression and rage. He makes his point clear, over the blazing synthesizers and beats of the beat machine, that he is on top of the world. Rich Boy dominates this track with gritty punchlines and Chili Chil's ominous hooks.
Track 7: I'm Ballin
Performed by: Soulja Boy Tell'Em
This song is my least favorite song in the whole CD. I thought Soulja Boy's hook, "I'm Ballin, MVP player of the year...", was just annoying. I honestly don't know why this is in the CD. Just because he makes references to basketball doesn't mean it should be in this CD. I wouldn't recommend this song if you appreciate good music. Next song...
Track 8: We Ready
Performed by: Ya Boy
I really like Ya Boy's track We Ready, especially this line from his verse, "Better find your niche, 'cause you ridin' in the wrong lane/Call me anything besides a king, you callin' me by the wrong name...". This is a great song to get your team rallied up."We ready, comin for the top spot."
Track 9: Go Hard
Performed by: Hayes
This song has a cool beat with organs and a quartet sounding hook. The song has a great message; where you can't stop until you get to the top. This song is fitting for the movie, because the film is covers LeBron James's rise to stardom from being a high school prodigy.
Track 10: Frozen
Performed by: Jared Evan
Jared Evan makes a lounge style type of song, with a smooth sounding synthesizer beat. His muffled style hook adds to this beautiful track. I've never heard of Jared Evans, but this song is enough to make me a fan.
Track 11: If You Dream
Performed by: Tank, Tyrese, Toni Braxton, Jordin Sparks, Omarion, Faith Evans, JoJo, Charlie Wilson, Tamar Braxton, and Steve Russell.
Wow, what an epic song! I really like this song, especially the chorus, "If you dream, then you can do anything/If you dream, you're halfway to destiny/If you dream, dream the impossible/If you dream, cause a dream's unstoppable." The message is so powerful, and it has a sort of story book message to it that makes you believe in yourself. I think this track is very beautiful and I recommend this song whenever you feel discouraged or sad.