For years now, Hollywood has incorporated hip hop into it’s movie trailers and movies. The scores, songs played during scenes, etc. are hip hop in some movies. Power Rangers, Wolf of Wall Street, Limitless, just to name a few movies with hip hop in the trailer. This is becoming a theme as the hip hop culture becomes more prominent in our society. The artist are reaping the benefits from the exposure, and it’s bringing more artist into the spotlight.
Vince Staples has recently become one of the artist to join the likes of Kanye and Jay-Z in this venture. His songs were featured on the newly released Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer and Black Panther trailer. It’s shocking given how controversial Vince’s music is. Vince Staples has a Sprite deal that is helping him move his music as well. He’s been going on a lot of tours, and releasing some amazing music. Now, he’s having his music featured in Hollywood blockbuster movie trailers, and it’s a pretty cool thing to see come together.
The Pacific Rim Uprising trailer features a sample of Vince Staples‘ song ‘War Ready‘ off of his Prima Donna EP released last year. The song features an Andre 3000 sample from the Outkast song ATLiens released in 1996. The trailer also features a Tupac sample from the song Unchained which was originally used Django Unchained. The two samples mix together well for the trailer. Basically stating that they are ready for war with the Kaiju. The song War Ready is produced by James Blake. The crazy synths used in the trailer make the trailer that much more exciting. It’s an all around good use of scenes, samples and just badassery.
The Black Panther trailer features the song Bagbak by Vince Staples. The song is the lead single off of his new album ‘Big Fish Theory’. The trailer also features samples from Gil-Scott Heron’s ‘The Revolution Will Not be Televised’. Again, the mix works well with the trailer. Vince sees himself as a young black male fighting against white supremacy. The song ‘Bagbak‘ is a staple of that .This song in particular is an interesting choice for Black Panther, a Marvel/Disney film; I say this because of lines like “Tell the one percent to suck a dick because we on now!” Ryan Coogler created something special and is using things with a pretty clear meaning to get a message across.
These are just two of what will hopefully turn out to be more trailers featuring Vince Staples. He’s making powerful music, and he’s actually a really good rapper. Of course, these songs will be edited because of content. No, we won’t see Vince as the face of Wal-Mart, Kroger, JC Penny, or other gigantic organizations like that (Although, he does have a pretty nice Sprite deal). Hopefully, we hear more of his music sampled throughout blockbuster Hollywood movies and trailers. The young California rapper is slowly becoming a more popular artist day by day, and watching him come up is a cool thing to see. How do you feel about the usage of Vince’s music in these trailers? What hip hop artist do you want to hear more of in movie trailers? Tweet us, follow us, comment, like, share the articles, thank you guys!!
Pacific Rim is in theaters March 23, 2018
Black Panther is in theaters February 16, 2018
Big Fish Theory by Vince Staples is also available via ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Best Buy, etc.
Pacific Rim: Uprising – Rebellious pilot Jake Pentecost and his estranged sister must lead a brave new generation of fighters against otherworldly monsters that want to destroy humanity.
Black Panther – T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.