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Hip-hop’s stars shine bright on ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ soundtrack

Space Jam’s sequel recruits elite roster for hoops-themed soundtrack.

Space Jam: A New Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) released on July 9, featuring rap and R&B’s finest like Lil Uzi Vert, Cordae, Lil Baby, Aminé, SZA, SAINt JHN, Chance the Rapper and many others. The sequel to the original 1996 film drops this Friday, July 16, starring Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James.

The soundtrack’s opener “We Win” by Lil Baby and Kirk Franklin was the lead single released on May 21, and features the uplifting gospel singer Franklin meshing with hip-hop’s poster boy Lil Baby to make a triumphant banger.

“Just For Me” by SAINt JHN and SZA was the second single released for the soundtrack. The gumption in JHN’s voice mixed with the grace and tremendous vocals SZA brings to any track make a great mix, similar to SZA and Kendrick Lamar‘s anthem “All The Stars” on the “Black Panther” soundtrack in 2018.

The rest of the record’s highlights include intriguing combinations of artists and stellar verses involving basketball motifs.

Aminé and Lil Tecca go back and forth on their second verse of the song “Gametime,” where Tecca rocks the chorus in a duo that goes over smoothly.

DUCKWRTH offers a dynamic hook complemented by Cordae striving for greatness in his verses for the track “Settle the Score.”

I’m a silent killer like Kawhi Leonard

Then I make the loot to go and buy me dinner

It’s my instinct, I was born a winner

“Settle the Score” — Cordae & DUCKWRTH

Lil Uzi Vert uses his solo track “Pump Up the Jam” to pay homage and sample the track of the same name used in the original Space Jam movie by Technotronic and Ya Kid K. Uzi’s rendition sees him insert his trademark playful energy into the track and put a fun spin on a classic memorable movie banger.

The rest of the soundtrack includes rap group/pop band BROCKHAMPTON, 24kGoldn, soul stars Leon Bridges and John Legend and other marquee artists, providing tracks that mostly all music fans can enjoy. “Space Jam: A New Legacy” releases on HBO Max and in theaters on July 16. In the meantime, check out the film’s soundtrack below.