The music of Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Dre, Charles Bradley, and Iamsu! fills the soundtrack for Kicks, an urban coming-of-age tale about a 15-year-old boy who tries to recover his hard-earned pair of vintage Air Jordans after they are stolen.
Kicks, which marks the feature film debut by Justin Tipping and stars Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer and Notorious B.I.G.’s son, Christopher Jordan Wallace, received strong reviews following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. The Focus World film opens Sept. 9, the same day the digital and physical version of the score come out on Backlot Music.
Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, the film features music from local artists, including Roach Gigz, Dave Steezy, and NanosauR, as well as the late Dre and Iamsu!. The movie’s composer, Brian Reitzell, is also from the area.
“I always knew I wanted to weave an eclectic soundtrack together that intertwined hip-hop and sweeping score to reflect the Bay Area sound, as well as the world inside the characters’ imagination,” said Tipping in a statement. “With so many genres mashed up together…Brian created a sonic through line that elevated the story to an entirely new level.”
“We wanted the score to connect with the source music sonically,” added Reitzell. “I think that when you do that, the music as a whole — both songs and score — make for a more immersive/connective experience.” The connection is evident in the beat-heavy track, “606 In The 510,” from Reitzell’s score, which debuts below.
The soundtrack, which will also come out on vinyl later this year, features previously unreleased tracks from Nanosaur, Jay Casio and Reitzell, as well as two dialogue interludes set to lyrics from Notorious B.I.G.’s 1993 single “Party and Bullshit.”
1. Spaceship – Brian Reitzell
2. Party and Bullshit (Dialogue Interlude 1) – Jahking Guillory
3. Friends Hanging Out – Brian Reitzell
4. The Sheboygan Left – RJD2
5. C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan
6. BBQ Music – Marc E. Bassy
7. Kitchen Astronaut (feat. Jahking Guillory) – Brian Reitzell
8. Self Made – Keith Jenkins
9. Slow Trap – NanosauR
10. Travel to Oakland – Brian Reitzell
11. Sincerely Yours – Iamsu!
12. 37 Roach Gigz
13. Hella Super High – YMTK
14. Wave on $Wim – Dave Steezy
15. Get Stupid (Remix) – Mac Dre
16. Aye – Jay Casio
17. In You (I Found a Love) – Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band 18. Sideshow – Blue Magic
19. Fireworks Went Off – Brian Reitzell
20. Flaco Arrives – Brian Reitzell
21. Flaco Chases Brandon – Brian Reitzell
22. Party and Bullshit (Dialogue Interlude 2) – Jahking Guillory
23. 606 in the 510 – Brian Reitzell