1. Hip Hop Is… (speech) — Kid Creole, Kid Capri, Ecstasy
2. Live!!! — Onyx
3. Move On… (speech) — Slick Rick
4. My Block — 2 Pac
5. What’s Up Star? — Suga
6. Headbanger Boogie (speech) — Method Man
7. How High — Redman/Method Man
8. It’s Entertainment… (speech) — Dr. Dre
9. Everyday Thang — Bone Thugs N Harmony
10. Everyday It Rains — Mary J. Blige
11. It’s All I Had (speech) — The Notorious B.I.G.
12. Ol’ Skool — Isaac 2 Isaac
13. Domino’s In The House — Domino
14. Summertime In The LBC — The Dove Shack
15. The West Coast… (speech) — Treach
16. Sowhatusayin — South Central Cartel Productions
17. Zoom Zooms And Wam Wam — Jayo Felony
18. Droppin Bombz — Tray D/So. Sentrelle
19. Save Yourself (speech) — Snoop Doggy Dogg
20. Still Can’t Fade It — Warren G Productions
21. Papa Luv It — L.L. Cool J
22. Glamour And Glitz — A Tribe Called Quest
23. Nuttin’ But A Drumbeat… (speech) — Russell Simmons
24. Kill Dem All — Kali Ranks
25. Me And My Bitch — The Notorious B.I.G.
26. It’s What I Feel Inside… (speech) — Kid Creole, Ecstasy
27. The Show Theme — Stanley Clarke featuring Slick Rick
(Note: The tracks marked with «(speech)» aren’t songs at all but really short interview recordings.)
The much-anticipated soundtrack to Russell Simmons’ THE SHOW unites artists from all over the hip-hop nation to contribute music and thoughts on their first love: hip-hop. The film is the first feature documentary devoted to the life and truths … Full Description of the hip-hop culture, and its soundtrack attempts to define what the music is all about. With a dose of rap, R&B and reggae, THE SHOW is musically diverse, and the idea that hip-hop is interwoven in the everyday life of its followers is inherent to nearly every song.
THE SHOW marks the return of some rap MIAs. Onyx foreshadow their coming in the nine-five with «Live!!!.» Suga, formerly known as Sweet Tee, donates «What’s Up Star?,» a party groove sure to be the new anthem for female macks. The only other female artist featured on the collection is the Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige. On «Everyday It Rains,» Blige sports her usual street-influenced vocals over a loop of the Isley Brothers’ «It’s Your Thing.»
THE SHOW is at its best on the Erick Sermon-produced «How High,» which combines the Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man with Redman. Appearances from LL Cool J and Slick Rick fill the old school requirement, while tracks like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s «Everyday Thang» and South Central Cartel’s «Sowhatusayin» add the gangstas to the mix. Surprisingly, there’s only one live track, and it comes from Brooklyn’s finest, The Notorious B.I.G., who rocks the crowd with «Me And My Bitch.» The song is off his platinum debut, and, although it is only a brief moment of a 27-track compilation, Biggie still manages to nearly steal THE SHOW.
Producers: Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz, Sonee Seeza (track 2); Easy Mo Bee (track 4); Ron Lawrence, Derrick Angeliti (track 5); Erick Sermon (track 7); DJ U-Neek (track 9); Sean «Puffy» Combs, Nasheim Myrick (track 10); Isaac 2 Isaac, Joey «Run» Simmons, Desmond «Divine» Houston (track 12); Domino (track 13); L. «Sleepy» Turner, H. «Hank» Thomas (track 14); Prodeje (track 16); Jam Master Jay, Anthony «T-Funk» Pearyer (track 17); Dave Swang (track 18); Warren G. (track 20); L.L. Cool J, Tyrone Fyffe (track 21); John Davis (track 22); Andrew Massop, Marc Pomeroy (track 24).
Engineers: Don Elliot (track 2); Eric Lynch (track 4); T-Bird (track 5); Dave Greenberg (track 7); Tony Maserati, Rob Paustian (track 10); Andre Booth, Paul Augerinos (track 12); Bob Tucker (track 13); Al Singleton (track 14); Sean Freehill (track 16); Anthony Cox (track 17); Dave Arron (track 18); Greg Geitzenauer (track 20); Jabari Palmer (track 21); George Karras (track 22); Marc Pomeroy (track 24); John Harris (track 25).
Vibe (9/95, p.172) — «…adds up to an accurate depiction of what hip hop—and its nastier alter ego, the rap industry—is about these days: prepackaged musical formulas, creatively dead subgenres, refreshing comebacks,…stray words of wisdom, and the occasional gemstone moments that…sustain the dedication of both casual and die-hard fans…»
The Source (9/95, p.98) — 3.5 Mics — Dope — «…THE SHOW gets off to a furious start….it might actually spark another classic or two in Def Jam’s long line of priceless tunes…»
NME (Magazine) (9/16/95, p.48) — 8 (out of 10) — «…what is hip-hop in the ’90s?….there used to be mad shouting, now there’s mad murmuring and a bubble bath ’70s keyboard sample….there’s Warren G doing his extra cool hustler bit, some LA gangstas defending their corner, A Tribe Called Quest making like wise oldsters….as good an answer to the big question as you’ll get on one record…»