The Office Space Soundtrack has a lot of space for improvement. It's a pretty good combination of older gangsta rap, mexican, remixes of classic hits, and a few new tracks. The artists include Ice Cube, Geto Boys, Scarface, Canibus, Biz Markie, Kool Keith and more... This soundtrack has only twelve tracks, with only the last two not pertaining to the rap scene. The old gangsta rap tracks are the best part, they're not big hits, but Geto Boys and Ice Cube are able to hold their own. Lisa Stone does a remake of Dolly Parton's "9-5", and her voice shines, but she's no Dolly Parton!
Canibus hooks up with Biz Markie putting forth "Shove This Jay-Oh-Bee". It's the best new track on the album, remixing Johnny Paycheck's country classic "Take This Job And Shove It". Canibus shines lyrically and Biz lays down some pretty funky vocal twists. "Still" is the best old gangsta rap track. Geto Boys shine with razor-sharp lyrics and a catchy reverbating backbeat. "No Tears" by Scarface, "Down For Whatever" by Ice Cube and "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta" by Geto Boys were some of the other good songs.
Overall, this album was fairly weak. But the older tracks were quite enjoyable. And the remixes of a couple classic tunes, made the album a bit more interesting. With the exception of Canibus' song, you can find most of the other good songs on their respective artists albums. This album's not amazing, but it satisfies.
(Originally posted on HipHopCanada.com)
This review was written March 22, 1999