Blockbuster hit Space Jam‘s sequel — Space Jam 2: A New Legacy — is led by LA Lakers basketball star Lebron James with the star-studded soundtrack boasting artists, such as John Legend, Chance the Rapper and Brockhampton, working alongside the music supervisor for the film, Morgan Rhodes.
Rhodes and co-music supervisor Kier Lehman were tasked to craft the soundtrack to this much-awaited sequel.
The previous soundtrack was a resounding success and featured artists like D’Angelo, Barry White, R-Kelly and Jay-Z, it went six-times platinum in 2001. It’s safe to say that Rhodes and Lehman were under pressure to put together a strong soundtrack.
“We wanted songs that were fun as we ushered in a new generation. We wanted songs that would help move the excitement as the game moves, and we wanted to give a nod to what came before. So we had Salt-N-Pepa and the reimagined Pump Up the Jam,” Rhodes tells Variety.
The soundtrack for the sequel has modern-day favourites such as; Lil Baby, Saweetie, Lil Uzi Vert, The Jonas Brothers, SAINt JHN and many others.
Pump Up The Jam was a standout in the first movie and has been readapted for rapper Lil Uzi Vert. The rendition of the bouncy workout song has been given a more laidback hip-hop twist, Rhodes went on to explain the thought process behind the latest version of the song.
It’s just such a big, big tune. I thought he was the perfect artist to take this on. He has a cult following and he’s an influencer. He brought a lot of swag to the song, and he brought it into the now. We thought who better to do it than him, she says.
When asked about the pressure of following up the soundtrack for the first Space Jam, Rhodes spoke about relishing the challenge and understanding that music has changed since the movie was released 25 years ago.
We both [Rhodes & Lehman] loved the original soundtrack, but I don’t know that we necessarily felt pressure. We were just so excited to continue what had been started. Music has changed, but we have an opportunity to showcase the natural sound of music, as well as bringing in artists who were on the first soundtrack.
Apart from the Pump Up The Jam remix, the other standouts on the soundtrack include; See Me Fly with John Legend, Chance the Rapper and Symba; Hoops with Salt-N-Pepa and Kash Doll as well as Lil Wayne alongside 24kGoldn on Control The World.
Rhodes explained how it was to work with some of these stars.
“It was so organic. With Salt-N-Pepa and Hoops, it just came together. It’s with Kash Doll and Saweetie, but Salt-N-Pepa have been the architects of hip-hop music for 30-plus years and were just so representative of the culture. This was also about passing the baton. We loved having those women together on a track,” she says.
Across the soundtrack, we have people at multiple levels of music. John Legend establishes. We have Big Freedia who is the queen of bounce and celebrated worldwide and representing Portland’s drag scene. There’s Duckwrth. The goal overall was to unite generations culturally sonically and introduce new faces and established artists, she added.