Reflecting the mixed musical tastes of the film's university population, the soundtrack to John Singleton
's Higher Learning
features a broad sampling of rap, modern folk, indie, and R&B music. The majority of these sides were cut especially for the soundtrack, with standouts including tracks by Ice Cube
, Me'Shell NdegéOcello
, Liz Phair
, and Rage Against the Machine
. Some club soul comes courtesy of the Brand New Heavies
and Raphael Saadiq
of Tony! Toni! Toné!
fame, while Eve's Plum adds some power-chord pop, and bassist Stanley Clarke
updates his fusion funk sound on the collection's lone instrumental. There's also Tori Amos
chipping in with her own "Butterfly" and a cover of R.E.M.
's "Losing My Religion" (While Amos fans are sure to be ecstatic, those a bit weary of the singer's particular brand of melodrama will find no relief). Minor squabbles aside, this is a fine soundtrack.