Various Artists Set it Off – Music from the New Line Cinema Motion Picture

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 08.23.12 in Reviews

Set It Off - Music From The New Line Cinema Motion Picture

Set It Off

Soundtracks have always provided opportunities for labels and crews to test new artists or play with unorthodox styles between projects. For example, it’s where you’ll find some of Outkast’s strongest (“Benz or a Beamer” for the New Jersey Drive soundtrack) and most experimental stuff (“Speedballin’” for Tomb Raider and “Land of a Million Drums” for Scooby Doo). The soundtrack for the 1996 heist flick Set it Off featured a few classic Organized Noize moments. They collaborated with Queen Latifah on a really imaginative cover of Strafe’s “Set it Off” and Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze and Backbone contribute the haunting, graveyard banger “Angelic Wars.” But the biggest moment here — the one that helped the Set it Off soundtrack go platinum — was undoubtedly En Vogue’s world-conquering “Don’t Let Go (Love),” the Oakland quartet resplendent over Organized Noize’s tamed swamp funk. (Random trivia: the song was originally written for Mick Jagger.)