"Men In Black" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Men In Black - Main Theme" was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television.
Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, MEN IN BLACK is a tongue-in-cheek science fiction epic that picks up where INDEPENDENCE DAY left off. Once again, Will Smith saves the planet from alien invaders, this time partnering up with the stoic-faced Jones. The former Fresh Prince makes use of his rap background on the film's soundtrack, contributing two cuts, including the title track.
Everyone from A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul to Branford Marsalis' pop-funk project Buckshot Le Fonque appears here, but predictably, the star of the show is Snoop Doggy Dogg. His "We Just Wanna Party With You" incorporates the guest vocals of JD, a sample from Kool & The Gang's "Get Down On It" and Snoop's own inimitable rapping abilites to fine effect. Other avenues are explored by R&B-oriented acts like Trey Lorenz and Alicia Keys, and soundtrack music king Danny Elfman, who contributes the main and closing themes.
Entertainment Weekly (6/27-7/4/97, pp.119-120) - "...a close encounter of the boudoir kind. R&B and hip-hop young guns--Ginuwine, the Roots, D'Angelo, 3T--offer up easy-rolling pillow talk that's as comfy as a down-filled couch..." - Rating: B