By 1995, R&B and hip-hop artists expended some of their greatest creative energy on soundtracks, turning in compilation albums that frequently were more compulsively listenable and adventurous than solo artist collections. Friday was no exception. The soundtrack to a lightweight comedy co-written by Ice Cube
, the record conveys all the strengths of hit urban radio. Keeping all the good elements of the format -- including the G-funk of Dr. Dre
, old-school soul, contemporary R&B, and gangsta rap -- the record sounds like a "Best of the '90s" collection.