‘Space Jam 2: A New Legacy’ Music Supervisor on Sequel Soundtrack’s Needle Drops and New Additions

We have Big Freedia who is the queen of bounce and celebrated worldwide and representing Portland's drag scene. The goal overall was to unite generations culturally sonically and introduce new faces and established artists. There's Duckwrth. Across the soundtrack, we have people at multiple levels of music. John Legend establishes.
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This was also about passing the baton. We loved having those women together on a track. 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.
Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes worked alongside co-music supervisor Kier Lehman to craft the soundtrack to "Space Jam 2: A New Legacy, in addition to working in classic needle drops such as "Ghetto Superstar."
I thought he was the perfect artist to take this on. It's just such a big, big tune. He brought a lot of swag to the song, and he brought it into the now. He has a cult following and he's an influencer. We thought who better to do it than him.
What was the key factor to building this soundtrack?
We wanted songs that would help move the excitement as the game moves, and we wanted to give a nod to what came before. We wanted songs that were fun as we ushered in a new generation. So we had Salt -N-Pepa and the reimagined "Pump Up the Jam."
It was when LeBron was young, and we wanted to bring audiences into that moment. We wanted to timestamp that. I thought it was a great song to start the film with. We wanted to bring audiences into LeBron's life, as a young man growing up.
We both 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.
What notes did you give them? You also bring in Salt-N-Pepa, Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper to John Legend.
Rhodes was charged with crafting a soundtrack and collaborating with artists such as John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Brockhampton, Saweetie and Lil Baby to develop original songs for the film.
Again, "Pump Up the Jam" was another epic tune. People use it for motivation when working out. What made Lil Uzi Vert your perfect artist to reimagine that?
She is the queen of bounce, and it's very bounce. When we got that song, we were blown away. It works. It was perfect to dance to separately, but also just within the action of Looney Tunes. i listened to it three times and was grabbing myself. That song was love at first listen.
What was the story behind getting Big Freedia for "Going Looney"?
Why that? Early on with young LeBron, you have "Ghetto Superstar," which is a classic and an anthem for so many people that grew up in the '90s.
Was there pressure in following the success of the first "Space Jam?"
This time around, the film follows stars LeBron James as he and his young son, Dom, get trapped in the Serververse by a rogue AI world that's home to the Warner Bros IP. James rallies Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stakes basketball game.
That was really special because it marries two of the biggest stars in two different genres. Lil Baby is international, but it's about bringing everything together and unity. We had an icon from hip-hop and gospel. To have them come together was unbelievable. Lil Baby is the biggest star in hip-hop today.
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