Music Makes The Movie

A film’s musical score is an integral part of a movie experience. It’s certainly an overlooked character, but we’re here to give it center stage.

Think about it, how often do you frantically search for a song that you heard on a TV show? I’ve realized more and more that TV and movies are paying close attention to music trends, implementing tracks that will drastically enhance the viewers experience and transition their episode or movie from good to memorable.

The biggest adherence to the aforementioned importance of music in film and TV was easily the Black Panther album. Recruiting arguably the most influential artist of our generation in Kendrick Lamar, Black Panther set out to hype potential viewers with a full-fledged album that is riddled with some of the top artists in the industry. Film soundtracks have been forgetful to say the least, and this album, winner of Academy Awards and Grammy’s, became the pinnacle how a soundtrack can become a catalyst for a film’s success.

Music video by Kendrick Lamar, SZA performing All The Stars. On Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack.

As the entertainment industry caught wind of this newfound innovation, you began to see not only more relevant tracks in TV and movies, but networks spending integral time and resources for top artists to be either featured or represented in their pieces. Two prime examples of this implementation process: Insecure and Atlanta. Both shows embody a musical aspect within their series, with Atlanta being centered around rap/hip-hop culture completely. Now, let’s be real here, we all could’ve and should’ve expected Mr. Glover to have musical gems on his show, but it got to a point where I’d be excited about the episodes upcoming, but equally as anxious to hear what songs are going to be featured. I’ll never forget when OJ Da Juiceman’s “No Hook” blasted through my shitty TV speakers and I immediately jumped out of my seat out of sheer excitement. Insecure came as a surprise for me, because I didn’t really know what to expect from the show itself. Issa Rae’s masterful depiction of a black woman going through her own personal trials and tribulations was only amplified when I’d hear a SZA song I never listened to before, or when Sampha nonchalantly was playing in the background during a scene. Her playlists are coveted to this day and compile all the music played on her show, ranging from Rico Nasty’s Poppin to Jorja Smith’s Fine Lines.

Writer/Director of “Get Out”, Jordan Peele, personally chose Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” because the vibe meshed well with the movie. “Well, first of all, I love the ‘Stay Woke’ [lyric] — that’s what this movie is about. I wanted to make sure that this movie satisfied the black horror movie audience’s need for characters to be smart and do things that intelligent, observant people would do.” – Peele

It cracked me up when I saw that Game of Thrones pulled together yet another all-star list of the music industries finest to further build the insurmountable hype that’s already circulating the coveted series. As TV and movies continue to evolve and look for new outlets to entice viewers, be prepared to see more of your favorite artists featured on some of TV and movies finest.

Miles Dawson

Miles Dawson is a freelance blogger and literary addict, living and writing in Amsterdam. With 7 years of dedicated writing experience, his enticing mix of direct humor and lofty language fully encompass his self-proclaimed title as a "Professional Rambler"

April 18, 2019


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