A complete departure from all the previous Rocky soundtracks, Rocky V’s musical ensemble includes tracks from artists as varied as M.C. Hammer, Elton John, Rob Base, Snap, Joey B. Ellis and of course the indispensible Bill Conti.This soundtrack captures the essence of the film and the music of the 1990′s with a good deal of hip-hop and rap. Interspersed between these contemporary tunes are smatterings of Conti’s original themes – as well as a fully updated version of Frank Stallone’s “Take You Back”.
Perhaps the most surprising track on the album is Elton John’s “Measure of a Man”, which is reserved for the end credits. The lyrics to this song truly vocalize Rocky’s latest plight and when teamed with Elton’s fine performance, “Measure of a Man” closes Rocky V in style.