Tune Squad: Music From The Original Motion Picture

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The summer is approaching, and that means big blockbuster movies.  It also means movie soundtracks.  I always appreciate when artists make songs specifically for films (thank you, Quad City DJ’s and R. Kelly).  Here is my list for Top Movie Soundtracks of All-Time:

199. Space Jam

T-100. The Lion King, Titanic*, Batman Forever**

*  – kidding

** – not kidding

Starting Lineup

Jay-Z – 100$ Bill

The soundtrack for the new movie, The Great Gatsby was executive-produced by Jay-Z because, um, well, he’s everywhere? I don’t know.  What I do know is that when I was forced to read the book in high school English, it would have made WAY more sense if I pictured Hova as Gatsby.

2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa – We Own It (Fast & Furious)

I hate hate hate both of these guys, but when you’re called upon to create an original song for a Fast & Furious movie, you have some big shoes to fill (see: Ludacris – Act A Fool).  Unfortunately, I kind of dig this new track. It’s a guilty pleasure, much like the entire F&F franchise.

Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell & Niles Rodgers)

It’s been a long time since we heard new Daft Punk that wasn’t set to the score of a s****y movie like Tron: Legacy.  It’s a bit different from what we are accustomed to, especially with Pharrell providing vocals, but it’s a promising peek at the new album coming out later this month.

B.o.B – Headband

You should really seek out the lyric video for this song, in the privacy of your own home, because it is FILTHY. Also, fantastic.

The Lonely Island – Spring Break Anthem

As part of their #WACKWEDNESDAYS promotion, The Lonely Island will release a new song or video every Wednesday until The Wack Album releases on June 11.  This is the most “bro” song ever.

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Under Review

Kid Cudi – Indicud

Ugh. I’m forced to mention this album because I’m a huge Cudi fan, but it left me asking “is that it?”  Since his critically acclaimed debut, Kid Cudi’s albums haven’t lived up to expectations.  Indicud is no different.  While it features Kendrick Lamar, RZA, A$AP Rocky and Michael Bolton (?!), I found myself getting bored with the album about halfway through.  Don’t get me wrong, songs like Solo Dolo Part II, Cold Blooded and Unf*ckwittable are solid and Kid Cudi’s return to rapping is fantastic. Everything just sounds so similar, likely due to Cudi himself producing the entire album without the help of usual acquaintances Plain Pat, Emile and Kanye West. It’s a good, not great album that has me eager to see how he bounces back next year with Man on the Moon III. Sadly, it only earns 3 out of 5 Dancing Wills.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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iTunes Shuffle

Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching

I have an odd relationship with Dave Matthews Band. I don’t hate them, but I hate DMB fans.  Not every Dave song is the greatest thing on Earth, gang.  And take a shower, you all smell.

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F This Noise

Florida Georgia Line – Cruise

Country music can be broken down into 5 simple categories:

  1. Songs about alcohol
  2. Songs about tractors
  3. Songs about pickup trucks
  4. Songs about dogs
  5. Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan

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Throwback Track

Coolio – 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)

This song was a big part of my childhood.  When Sumpin’ New came on, I always could rap along for the first two lines, then I would fall behind and badly lip-sync the rest.  It was the best.

He raps on the most under-appreciated TV theme song ever, Kenan and Kel, and now he looks like this:

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It was a fantastic voyage, Coolio.

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