What’s Up Danger – Blackway & Black Caviar
Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee
Way Up – Jaden Smith
Familia (feat. Bantu) – Nicki Minaj & Anuel AA
Invincible – Amine
Start a Riot – DUCKWRTH & Shaboozey
Hide (feat. Seezyn) – Juice WRLD
Memories – Thutmose
Save the Day (feat. Coi Leray & lougotcash) – Ski Mask the Slump God & Jacquees
Let Go – Beau Young Prince
Scared of the Dark (feat. XXXTENTACION) – Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign
Elevate (feat. Denzel Curry, YBN Cordae, SwaVay & Trevor Rich) – DJ Khalil
Home – Vince Staples
Inspired by the recent success of Into The Spider-Verse, the accompanying soundtrack boasts an eclectic selection of fresh hip hop beats and thematically relevant lyrics. With a smattering of big name stars on its track list, Into The Spider-Verse’s soundtrack blends songs from the film with original tracks to great effect. A handy guide on the back of the soundtrack confirms as much but without looking, all the tracks feel like they’ve been ripped straight from the film.
Beginning with What’s Up Danger, the album dives headfirst into hip hop vibes, showcasing a dizzying range of different artists while sticking to the general mood and tone of the film. The tracks here follow the general pattern of the story, rising with hopeful optimism before sinking to the depths of danger and despair. This culminates in more reflective tracks like Hide, Memories and Scared Of The Dark. All of this builds toward the final two tracks of the album which reflect Miles’ journey in the film; a confident, triumphant return to more hard-hitting tracks and fast tempoed hip hop.
The lyrics are on point for the most part too and some of these tracks have clearly been produced with the film in mind. Personal highlights include the aforementioned What’s Up Danger along with Start A Riot and Save The Day. There’s a tight grip on the tempo for the duration of the album and the track selection, along with the placement of those in the mix, is really good.
For fans of the film or of hip-hop in general, Into The Spider-Verse’s soundtrack is a fresh collection of hip hop that compliments the film perfectly. The general tone and mood of the film is echoed in its soundtrack with the quick-tempo tracks working seamlessly with the slower songs on offer. With almost every song ripped straight from the film it’s hard not to feel nostalgic listening to the album. If you came away from the cinema itching to find the music, you can’t really go wrong with this album.
Verdict - 7.5/10