Like the title of this film states, this soundtack is DOPE.
I love this movie for so many reasons, but here we’ll focus on the music aspect.
A lot of old school 90’s hip-hop classics got me nostalgic with memories from back in the day. From Digable Planets, Nas and even some Naughty By Nature… to Public Enemy, Digital Underground, and A Tribe Called Quest…it was really hard for me not to sing along in the theatre.
Throw into the mix the music performed by Awreeoh, and man…this is one solid soundtrack. Didn’t know of Awreeoh back in the 90s? That’s because they didn’t exist back then. The punk band is actually part of the movie and made up of the main character, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his two best friends, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons). Their performances are so fun and energetic, and really, really infectious. So, I wasn’t totally surprised to learn that the original songs were written and arranged by Pharrell Williams (who also executive produced). Still, the actors killed it by actually singing the songs and really rockin’ it hard! It makes me wish they’d go on tour so I can see them perform LIVE!
Enjoy this Awreeoh music video that compliments the film, without giving away any plot details.
You can check out the full playlist below courtesy of Spotify.
Go Head – Awreeoh
It’s My Turn Now – Awreeoh
Some other songs heard in the film that don’t make it into the official soundtrack include:
Woo-Hah! Got You All In Check – Busta Rhymes
The Choice Is Yours – Black Sheep
Freak On A Leash – Korn
Bitch Better Have My Money – AMG
Slam – ONYX
Buggin’ Out – A Tribe Called Quest
Juice (Know the Ledge) – Eric B & Rakim
I think there are more, but these are what I can remember. Let me know what I’ve missed! As of this writing, the movie is still playing in select theaters. It’s a fantastic film with brilliant writing, stellar cast, and of course…one hell of a DOPE soundtrack! Don’t miss it!!