Watch out all you jive turkeys, wannabe hustlers, suckers, and fake gangsters! There’s a new man in town who’s badder than bad and goes by the name of Black Dynamite! Just as any superhero or crusader requires their own special and unique theme music or soundtrack, Black Dynamite is certainly not the expection. In fact, he has both. The Original Motion Picture Score and Motion Picture Soundtrack to the film Black Dynamite features an explosive mix of funk and soul music so sweet it’ll be sure to have you wanting and needing more!
Black Dynamite, directed by Scott Sanders, is an epic and hilarious spoof of of blaxploitation films of the 1970s. Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the early 1970s that featured primarily black actors as non-traditional heroes who were usually in conflict with “The Man”. Most blaxploitation films took place in the ghetto and inner cities of America and usually involved hit men, drug dealers, and pimps. Sticking to that same format, while poking fun at the same time, Black Dynamite is reminiscent and parallel to some of the finest blaxploitation movies ever made. Actor Michael Jai White stars as the title character Black Dynamite who is a former CIA agent that is called back into the business when the mafia kills his brother, fills black orphanages with heroin, and floods the street with bad malt liquor.
Blaxploitation films were the first to feature soundtracks of funk and soul music. In fact, blaxploitation films became widely known and publicized based on the music and artists that were featured on the soundtracks. Earth, Wind, and Fire contributed to the soundtrack for Sweet Sweetbacks BaadAsssss Song, which is considered by some to be the first blaxploitation movie ever made. “Pusherman” and “Superfly” are two very popular Curtis Mayfield songs that were featured on blaxploitation movie soundtracks as well. I’m also willing to bet that a few of you know lines from that infamous Isaac Hayes classic Shaft starring that bad mother (shut yo’ mouth) Ron O’Neal. The film Black Dynamite features a score and soundtrack that is just as promising as these classics.
The score to Black Dynamite was written, composed, and performed entirely by the multi-talented Adrian Younge. Younge is a self taught musician, film editor, and recording engineer that has dedicated his life to the study of vintage soul music. He recorded the album in his fully analog home studio with vintage equipment and instruments that included the Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet, synthesizer, vibraphone, guitar, bass, sax, cello, and drums. The music is deeply authentic, funky, and down right soulful. Tracks such as “Chicago Wind” and “Gloria (Zodiac Lovers)” feature amazing vocals set to smooth grooves that give off mellow vibes. While tracks such as “Jimmy’s Apartment”, feature witty vocals against a backdrop of pure, unadulterated funk. This album is Younge’s second in the movie score field. The original soundtrack album and single “Black Dynamite Theme” were released on the Wax Poetics Records label on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Black Dynamite, the movie was released nationwide on October 16, 2009. If you’re in need of some super bad comedy with super bad music to match, be sure to check out the movie. In the meantime and in-between time, check out the super bad Black Dynamite Score Documentary below. For more information on the score and soundtrack and to purchase, visit the newly re-vamped and always cool Wax Poetics website.
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