R&B artists Angie Stone, Lucy Pearl and Meshell Ndegeocello shoot and score on the soundtrack to the film "Love and Basketball," starring Omar Epps. The album also includes tracks from hip-hop artists Black Eyed Peas and MC Lyte.
Lucy Pearl is a neo-soul "supergroup" made up of Raphael Saadiq, formerly of Tony, Toni, Toné, Dawn Robinson, formerly of En Vogue, and Ali Shaheed Muhammed, formerly of rap act A Tribe Called Quest. "Dance Tonight," their contribution to the soundtrack (April 18), features male and female vocals over a minimalist funk groove. "Dance Tonight" will be the album's first single, according to the soundtrack's publicist.
Stone covers "Holding Back the Years," a 1985 hit for English blue-eyed-soul group Simply Red, while Ndegeocello contributes "Fool of Me," from her 1999 album, Bitter.
The cut from retro hip-hoppers Black Eyed Peas features harmony vocals from the French duo Les Nubians over wah-wah guitars and a stop-start rhythm track. A trio of old-school tunes from 1988 round out the soundtrack, including MC Lyte's "Lyte as a Rock" and Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock's "It Takes Two" (RealAudio excerpt) and R&B vocal group Guy's "I Like," from their self-titled debut.
The film "Love & Basketball," which focuses on a romance between an NBA-bound player and his NCAA-player girlfriend, will be released April 21.