Fast X (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album Review)
“Fast X” features guest appearances from Lil Durk, NBA YoungBoy, Kodak Black, YG, G-Herbo, and more!
This soundtrack has a very impressive collection of artists.
5. My City (Ft. 24kGoldn, Kane Brown & G-Herbo)
Honestly, 24KGoldn, Kane Brown, and G-Herbo’s chemistry in “My City” might be the best on this album.
Matter of fact, I’ll go a step further: I couldn’t really tell when Kane Brown handed the baton to 24kGoldn (And vice versa) in this song. I also thought that the way G-Herbo slid in, hitting us with powerful lyrics that have him showing love for where he came from, was dope as hell to listen to. All in all, “My City” has a very infectious chorus (Courtesy of Kane Brown and 24kGoldn), an uplifting feel, and very strong performances.
4. Spinnin (Ft. Lil Durk & EST Gee)
Hold on, Lil Durk and NBA YoungBoy are on the same album (Holy s**t)?
You get Smurkio in “Spinnin.” Throughout the song, which is powered by this menacing trap beat, the Chicago rapper uses his outside voice to brag about his luxurious cars, to tease his opps, and to ask if his homies are down for him. As for EST Gee, he hits us with a fantastic verse that has him sounding like a dude that does everything with precision, including sliding on his enemies and getting money. At the end of the day, I think listeners will love this song’s hook and how devilish the two rappers sound.
3. Let’s Ride (Ft. YG, The Notorious B.I.G, Lamboroe, Ty Dolla $ign & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
“Let’s Ride” feels so damn appropriate for this soundtrack.
“Let’s Ride” boasts a flipped version of the beat that powers Biggie and Bone Thug-N-Harmony’s “Notorious Thugs.” Over it, Ty Dolla $ign hits us with an infectious melodic hook that is all about loyalty, YG hits us with a sly-ass verse that has him sounding like the realest dude on the block, and Lambo40e hits us with a verse that is all about impressing chicks by having them ride in extravagant whips. What I love about the track is that it features three distinct styles that blend very well.
Fun fact: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is one of the few musical acts to do a song with both Tupac and Biggie.
2. Angel (Ft. Kodak Black, NLE Choppa, Jimin of BTS, JVKE & Muni Long)
Pop stars, trap stars, and R&B stars unite in “Angel Pt. 1.”
Do you know what’s interesting about “Angel Pt. 1?” While Kodak Black and NLE Choppa rap about loyalty and overcoming odds, Muni Long, Jimin, and JVKE sing about being bad influences on good people. In other words, the roles are reversed: The rappers are the good guys and the singers are the demons. Don’t worry, stylistically, everyone does what they do best. To be more specific, Kodak and NLE hit us with raw-ass raps, while Muni, JVKE, and Jimin hit us with passionate vocals that pair perfectly with the song’s emotional beat. All in all, I think “Angel Pt. 1” is the perfect lead single for this soundtrack.
1. Won’t Back Down (Ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Dermot Kennedy & Bailey Zimmerman)
I actually f**k with a watered-down NBA YoungBoy.
“Won’t Back Down” is all about resiliency. In the song, which is powered by this dramatic hip-pop beat, Bailey Zimmerman, Dermot Kennedy, and NBA YoungBoy all talk about overcoming hardships and being ready for whatever GOD throws at them. While Bailey and Dermot provide the passionate singing moments, YoungBoy is the one that throws the haymakers and hits us with aggressive deliveries. All in all, you will totally be inspired by this impactful, inspirational record.
This is the ideal NBA YoungBoy commercial song.
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. The End of The Road Begins (Intro) (Ft. Kai Cenat) (N/A)
2. Spinnin (Ft. Lil Durk & Est GEE) (4/5)
3. Get It (Ft. Anti Da Menace & Luh Tyler) (3.5/5)
4. Won’t Back Down (Ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Dermot Kennedy & Bailey Zimmerman) (4.5/5)
5. Angel (Ft. Kodak Black, NLE Choppa, Jimin of BTS, JVKE & Muni Long) (4.5/5)
6. My City (Ft. 24kGoldn, Kane Brown & G Herbo) (4/5)
7. Countin’ On You (Ft. Lil Tjay, Friday & Khi Infinite) (3.5/5)
8. SupaFly (Ft. Cootie, BiC Fizzle & BigXTha Plug) (3.5/5)
9. Reaper (Ft. Babyface Ray, BabyTron & Peezy) (2.5/5)
10. Steppers (Ft. NLE Choppa & Nardo Wick) (3/5)
11. 9 In My Hand (FAST X Remix) (Ft. Kordhell & Key Glock) (3/5)
12. Datura (Ft. $uicide Boy$) (3.5/5)
13. Furious (Ft. BIA) (N/A)
14. Toretto (Ft. J Balvin) (4/5)
15. Te Cura (Ft. Maria Becerra) (4/5)
16. Sigue La Fiesta (Ft. Justin Quiles, Dalex & Santa Fe Klan) (4/5)
17. Gasolina (Ft. Daddy Yankee & Myke Towers) (3/5)
18. Vai Sentando (Ft. Skrillex, Ludmilla, King Doudou & DUKI) (4/5)
19. Bando (Fast X Remix) (Ft. ANNA, MadMan & Gemitaiz) (3.5/5)
20. Let’s Ride (Ft. YG, The Notorious B.I.G, Lamboroe, Ty Dolla $ign & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) (4.5/5)
21. Nothing Else Matters (Ft. Jessie Murph) (4/5)
Soundtracks aren’t some s**t that you should just pupu these days. A lot of them are quality. Also, in a world where rappers are getting more and more one-dimensional, soundtracks typically allow you to see them thrive in unique situations. With that being said, Fast & Furious soundtracks never disappoint, and Fast X is no exception.
So, this Fast X soundtrack is practically split up into two sections: A heartwarming hip-hop/pop section, and a Latin-inspired section. The former boasts highly infectious melodies and powerful raps, while the latter boasts great energy and catchy lyrics. Believe it or not, there isn’t a single moment in which s**t sounds inauthentic to me. For instance: NBA YoungBoy sounds like his usual self in “Won’t Back Down,” despite being backed by a passionate pop beat and smooth vocals from Dermot Kennedy and Bailey Zimmerman. Overall, I think this soundtrack serves as a testament to how well pop and hip-hop blend nowadays.
So why did I give this project a C+ if I said all positive things up top? At the end of the day, it still has that cheesy feel that all soundtracks have. I also feel like a bunch of the songs sounds similar, and I have no clue why they put “Let’s Ride” after all of the Latin-inspired records. There are a bunch of little things to nitpick, but overall, I think this is a decent enough listen.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.
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