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Review: Various Artists – Lockdown Soundtrack

One of the lesser known but highly remembered soundtracks from No Limit Records and No Limit Films was the Lockdown Soundtrack. The Lockdown Soundtrack was advertised in many album released by No Limit Records during the late 90s and early 00s. The soundtrack included music and scores from the movie.

Lockdown was one of No Limit’s darker soundtracks which leaned toward the dark brooding side in terms of themes, sound, and vibe. The Lockdown Soundtrack is a stark contrast of the usual soundtracks from No Limit Records soundtracks which incorporate R&B/soul, funk, and hip hop/rap. The Lockdown Soundtrack solely and heavily relied on using gangsta rap songs instead using a balance of R&B/soul, funk, and hip hop/rap as they did with their other soundtracks such as the I Got The Hook Up! Soundtrack and the Foolish Soundtrack. The Lockdown Soundtrack is quite similar in comparison to the Bout It Soundtrack.

The soundtrack was supposed to follow the movie. However that did not happen. The Lockdown Soundtrack was never released because Master P believed the album would not sell very well. Also gangsta rap was no longer marketable by 2000. So he ended up shelving the album. Marketing issues and business decisions are the reasons why the Lockdown Soundtrack was never released.

There was a song that was solely recorded for the Lockdown movie only which was called Catero – Sunshine. The song Catero – Sunshine can only be heard and found in the Lockdown movie. That song played near when the credits were about to roll.

We Keep It Gangster with Magic and Silkk The Shocker was another song that was used in the Lockdown Soundtrack and movie. The song was also used in the 1999 movie Hot Boyz. The song originally came from the 1999 album Magic – Thuggin’. No Limit was still keepin’ that shit gangsta back in 2000. This was near the end of the good era of the Tank.

Makin Luv to My Bitch explains to guys how your girl has your back and is support more than your friends and so-called boys do. People don’t realize that most of the time that your girl has your back than your friends do. If a guy is good to a girl, he loves and fucks her. They have a good life. Beats By The Pound produced many hits including this song. Makin Luv to My Bitch is an interpolation of Prince – She’s Always In My Hair. This sounds so smooth. The song has a soulful melancholy groove.

Some of you who watched the Lockdown movie may remember the fast food restaurant shooting scene where Broadway and Cashmere shot a female employee after she handed them their food and demanded payment from Broadway. There was a song that was played during that scene. The song used during the fast food restaurant shooting scene around the 6:50 duration mark was a song recorded by No Limit label mates D.I.G. and Krazy of 504 Boyz called We Gon Ball. The song was D.I.G. & Krazy – We Gon Ball.

Every soldier got a story to tell. Kind of similar like how every person has their story to tell. Every soldier carries and burdens their own wounds when in battle or war. That is the message of the song War Wounds.

Mystikal and Master P went off on War Wounds. Silkk’s offbeat flow and style is what helped make the song memorable. Silkk brought out difference to traditional Southern rap by staying with his own flow.

Fiend has been through it all. Fiend gone get the scene hot. Greens and rocks. Burnin’ flesh. Have you ever smelled burning flesh? He is livin’ the dirty, dirty. That dirty life. The fact is you don’t choose your wars. Or be like Fiend and do it with two guns. Check his war wounds. Every soldier got a story to tell.

Master P’s adversaries get popped and that has what’s got him running from police. The ghetto is like Vietnam. That is why Master P carries two Glocks. His enemies are bad. He’s got fools from the ghetto like his cousin Jimmy who wears permanent metals.

[Master P]
My adversarys get popped
Got me runnin’ from cops
The ghetto’s like Vietnam
Got me carryin’ two Glocks
My enemies is bad
Chop limes of grass
Drive-bys and rags
And representin’ red and blue flags
See I got fools from the ghetto
Like my cousin’ Jimmy wear permanent metals
My evidence is status with hoes
Bloody Polos
Pullin’ in car do’s
And cut up Girbauds

Silkk the Shocker is down to blast for his homies and cash for his homies. Even if he is old he’ll be down to ride and die. If the hood calls him. That’s why he is hustling every day. Could you imagine him with no stash? Like a bank with no cash. Silkk the Shocker is a Richmond rider and a Caliope crawler. A Down South Hustla. Plus a head buster from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Silkk the Shocker gotta be a paid nigga. A made nigga. Silkk the Shocker is the nigga to bust yo’ shit. And the nigga to be the grave digger.

The tattoos reveal some of the war wounds that are embedded in him from war and battle. Silkk the Shocker reveals and made references to his war wounds in these lyrics.:

See my tattoos reveal some of the shit I done did
But the move of other niggas that bout it
Feel the shit I do just to live
See I been stabbed, popped at, and shot at
But I live an eye for eye
So the enemies I ain’t forgot that

Mystikal is the Saudi Arabian death killing veteran of the platoon. Either him or you right here. Mystikal is trained to kill. He’s got blood on his fatigues. Once you’re in there ain’t no turning back. Lay your ass over seas. Might as well handle your business. There’s no overcome to this shit. Be on yo’ Ps and Qs, nigga. Don’t cry like no bitch.

It’s real, shit’s real check my war wounds
This here real life, ain’t no fuckin’ cartoons
I’m the Saudi Arabian death killin’ veteran of the platoon
Either me or you right here
Come back and hang out in my room
I done shot my rifle, trained to kill
Got blood on my fatiques
Once you in ain’t no turnin’ back
Lay yo’ ass over seas
Might as well handle your business
There’s no overcome to this shit
Be on yo’ Ps and Qs nigga
Don’t cry like no bitch

I rate this album 4/5****.

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