Various Artists — Soundtrack: Friday (1995)

VA fridayBy Scott Goldfine

Rapper, actor and now screenwriter Ice Cube produces and is among those contributing songs to the hip hop-oriented soundtrack to Cube’s first foray into comedy, “Friday.” Rap heavyweights Dr. Dre and Cypress Hill and old-school funk favorites Bootsy Collins, Roger Troutman and the Isley Brothers ― whose “Tryin’ to See Another Day” is a standout ― help make the LP a pleasing rhythmfest.

It’s amusing how hard-core Cube and comedian co-star Chris Tucker are posing on the album cover for a movie targeting the funny bone.

GRADE: B

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