Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Streets is Watching" the movie gives the viewer an insightful overview of the life and times of rap superstar Jay-Z. It steers you away from the traditional dance and party scenes that are so common in today's music videos, and takes you straight to the origins of his lyrics. The streets travel with Jay-Z, Dame Dash (Label's CEO) and Kareem "Biggs" Burke (Label's COO) into this ghetto adventure that's both fascinating and believable. The concept coupled with humorous anecdotes, lost video footage and a brand new score from the soon to be released "Streets is Watching" soundtrack, is perfect for home entertainment.
Performers: Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Rell, Christion, Murder Inc., Diamonds In Da Rough, Usual Suspects, DJ Clue, Noreaga, M.O.P., Team Roc.
Producers include: Big Jaz, Mahogany, Dinky Bingham, DJ Clue, Ken "Duro" Ifill.
Engineers include: Mike Anzeluwitz, Joe Quinde, Dajuna, Kenny Ski, Mike Rew.
Personnel: Lamar Mitchell (strings); Steve Jankowski (trumpet, trombone); Rob Clark (drums); Dinky Bingham (keyboard programming).
Audio Mixers: DJ Premier; Joe Quinde; Ken "Duro" Ifill.
Recording information: D&D Studios, New York, NY; Lamp City Studios, New York, NY; Powe; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Underground Studios, Oakland, CA.
Photographers: Lenny Santiago; Jonathan Mannion.
Arrangers: Ira McLaughlin; Ian Allen; Lamar Mitchell.
The streets are not only watching, they're hot, as Jay Z dominates this soundtrack and teams up with plenty of Hip-Hop notables. "It's Alright" features Memphis Bleek, "Love" features Rell and "Celebration" brings together Sauce Money, Memphis Bleek and Wais. The other cuts on this album are from Hip-Hop and R&B groups who work without Jay-Z's participation. "Thugs R US" teams Noreaga and DJ Clue, while "Pimp This Love" is an R&B/deep-pocket soul track with Christion. The album is deep in urban texture, with contributions from M.O.P. ("My Nigga Hill Figga"), Murder, Inc. ("Murdergram") and Diamonds in Da Rough ("The Doe"). Packed with up and comers and sprinkled with veteran spice, STREETS IS WATCHING is worth a listen.