There was a time when soundtracks didn't matter, when movies got their lifeblood from a pop reference here and there, but it was composers who controlled what accompanied the sex, the car crash & the betrayal. Sometimes a film like The Graduate would roll around, but it wasn't until the Denis Leary vs. Emilio Estevez blockbuster Judgment Night that a films music totally eclipsed the movie it encompassed. (Technically, that's a completely absurd statement. True, but completely incorrect.) Wild Style (the soundtrack), like Wild Style (the film), takes some serious liberties with it's portrayal of William Wallace's battle for Scottish independence--the worst being a grossly homophobic portrayal of one of England's finest Princes--yet it is still one of the more compelling, and visceral, portrayals of epic war seen in American cinema. Winner of multiple Academy Awards, Wild Style (the film) would seem to be one of the most unlikely of films to be outclassed and ignored in favor of it's soundtrack, a veritable cornucopia of the state of hip-hop at the dawn of it's era. Grand Wizard Theodore, The Cold Crush Brothers, Fab Five Freddy and Double Trouble all show up, adding so much heart and excitement that it, quite literally, makes the current state of cynicism that laces too much hip-hop appear as the embarrassment that it is. It's completely incongruous to a film that seems designed to cause Mel Gibson as much physical damage as possible.
-Tucker Stone, 2007