I had the choice between the original Shaft soundtrack and the one for the new version and my gut said new version. I could likely unearth singles from the original to hold me over for now, but I knew everything on this album would be new to the collection. Also, I have a mild obsession with Samuel L. Jackson. Can’t help it.
The original film was from the 1970s and the newer, 2000s version features Samuel Jackson as the original Shaft’s nephew. So yes, Richard Roundtree does make an appearance. Busta Rhymes also co-stars in the movie but I forget most of the movie now, as it’s been 14 years since I saw it originally.
Most importantly, the newer version’s soundtrack still features the Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes. In my mind, that’s one of the top three most memorable tracks from a soundtrack, if not the number one.
“Theme from Shaft,” written and recorded by Isaac Hayes in 1971, is the soul and funk-styled theme song to the film, Shaft. The theme was released as a single (shortened and edited from the longer album version) two months after the movie’s soundtrack. It went to number two on the Billboard Soul Singles chart and to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in November 1971. The song was also well received by adult audiences, reaching number six on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart.
The following year, “Theme from Shaft” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with Hayes becoming the first African American to win that honor (or any Academy Award in a non-acting category), as well as the first recipient of the award to both write and perform the winning song.
Shaft Soundtrack (2000)
Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes
Bad Man – R. Kelly
Up and Outta Here – R. Kelly
Do What I Gotta Do – Donell Jones
Rock wit U – Alicia Keys
We Servin’ – Big Gipp (From Goodie Mob)
Tough Guy – Outkast feat. UGK
2 Glock 9’s – T.I.P. feat. Beanie Sigel
Summer Rain – Carl Thomas
Automatic – Sleepy Brown feat. BackBone & Big
Pimp Sh*t – Too $hort
Cheatin’ – Liberty City
Fix Me -Parle feat. Jadakiss & Eve
How You Want It? – Mil
Ain’t Gonna See Tomorrow – Mystikal
My Lovin’ Will Give You Something – Angie Stone
Serenata Negra- Fulanito