On Track: ‘The Fate of the Furious: The Album’
Adam Flores | Senior Writer
Summer is quickly revving up into high gear. Inject your senses by installing custom-made cuts into your electronic device of choice making others curious as to what’s under the hood.
With 14 tracks driven by rookie and veteran musical visionaries, “The Fate of the Furious: The Album” puts you in the fast lane with plenty of hip-hop, electronic (EDM) and Latin pop horsepower.
As successor to the epic “Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” that fueled the Wiz Khalifa classic, “See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)” Paul Walker dedication, this added high-octane collection shifts you into overdrive with lyrics and beats guaranteed to make you remember the power and energy portrayed on the big screen.
The near 50-minute set, designed and engineered by producers, Mike Caren and Kevin Weaver, sets the conditions for anything from a Sunday afternoon drive and cruising the strip to racing toward the finish line and heading into the winner’s circle.
Take the race by checking out each quality component of this compilation, even if that challenge with Dominic Toretto found you handing over your pink slip.
“Gang Up” Young Thug, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa & PnB Rock
The album’s fourth single, released March 24. The menacing storyline pervades through a cruise control track of signature electronic hip-hop elements. The perfect accompaniment track jumping the start line defining the mood of the major motion picture.
“Go Off” Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo & Travis Scott
The album’s lead single, released March 2. This pole-position cut takes off featuring a menacing, atmospheric groove with tightly wound lyrics making you feel in complete control dominating the field.
“Good Life” G-Easy & Kehlani
The album’s third single, released on March 17. Kehlani puts the goods into this song creating precision balance with G-Easy’s rap talents. Even if you come in last place, you’re still alright and your worst can lead to your best in this good life.
“Horses” PnB Rock, Kodak Black & A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Released on March 30, the album’s fifth single blends a laid back beat with rap rhymes infused with the occasional Kanye Auto-Tune vibe. No matter who you are, the haters will be in your rearview mirror.
“Seize the Block” Migos
Continuing the storyline’s intrigue and mystery, this cut implores a conflicting deep bass foundation within its musical accompaniment. Tensions surmount any comfort zone pleading for a release point. Buckle up and hang on!
“Murder (Remix)” YoungBoy Never Broke Again (feat. 21 Savage)
This remix doesn’t play around, giving you a run for your money. With an ambiance reminiscent of the dark before the dawn, this track just kills it. If you’re not careful, you’ll be left at the red light.
“Speakerbox (F8 Remix)” Bassnectar (feat. Ohana Bam & Lafa Taylor)
The over-compressed track comes across with in-your-face mayhem and phat synth work with carefully-choreographed lyrical velocity. Guaranteed to make you go and challenge any hater, you’ll feel confident collecting pink slips even before the light turns green.
“Candy Paint” Post Malone
Malone downshifts with a colorful, tender track within this set much like a shiny new paint job on a classic, muscle car beauty. He is set to drop “Beerbongs & Bentleys” next month all while his debut, “Stoney,” was just certified gold by the RIAA.
“911” Kevin Gates
Continuing the smooth jam atmosphere is Gates’ urgency of strong, harmonic vocal layers and gentle synth pads on top of an infectious, Latin-esque house beat. Driving full throttle into soft, pop-driven ballads has proven successful for the noted, menacing-looking rapper.
“Mamacita” Lil Yachty (feat. Rico Nasty)
With a sound set of deep bass cuts, piano comps and occasional brass stabs on top of a sparse beat, the track brings a much-needed vile tone to the table. Listening will bring on the East L.A. vibe with confidence from the Atlanta rapper, Yachty.
“Don’t Get Much Better” Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign & Sage the Gemini
It doesn’t get much better with a strong, feel-good R&B groove and sensible lyrical flow. Reminiscent of a funky, ‘80s Jeff Lorber fusion track, the tune lets you enjoy the open road with the windows rolled down and a gentle breeze going through your hair.
“Hey Ma (Spanish Version)” Pitbull & J Balvin (feat. Camila Cabello)
The accompanying Latin-lingual track incites the aural psyche incorporating Spanish dance rhythms mixed with sporadic, four-on-the-floor house breaks. Guaranteed to get you from 0-60 in record time having…um…well, you get the point. I mean, having a race?
“La Habana” Pinto “Wahin” & DJ Ricky Luna (feat. El Taiger)
Award-winning music producers “Wahin” and Luna, redline combining a strong Latin house sound with Miami Sound Machine-style piano riffs. The brief track will have you hitting “Replay” repeatedly confirming la canción’s myriad of infectious, musical drive.
“Hey Ma” J Balvin & Pitbull (feat. Camila Cabello)
The album’s second single, released March 10, found Pitbull with his highest debut on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 5. It will also be featured on Cabello’s upcoming disc, “The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.” due out this coming September.