Various artists, â€œBad Boys for Life Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” (Epic/We the Best Music)
Some soundtracks are as important to their movies as the actors delivering lines on-screen. But the â€œBad Boys for Lifeâ€ soundtrack is less of an unseen character, and more of a mood. And that mood is decidedly â€œfast-life Miamiâ€ – a perfectly adequate sonic backdrop for Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) to chase bad guys all over the Florida city.
The soundtrack features hometown favorites, including Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull, on the Lil Jon-assisted anthem â€œDamn I Love Miami.â€ Then thereâ€™s Rick Ross alongside Bryson Tiller on â€œFuture Bright,â€ which samples â€˜90s R&B hit â€œTouch Me, Tease Meâ€ by Case.
Miamiâ€™s City Girls steal the spotlight, though, with their song â€œMoney Fight.â€ â€œAinâ€™t no Netflix and chill/Throw 10 bands, let a (chick) know itâ€™s real,â€ rhymes JT, one-half of the duo. Another standout track comes from out-of-towners Quavo and Rich the Kid on the DJ Durel-produced â€œBad Moves.â€
In true Miami fashion, the musical influence covers a few different lanes. Buju Banton delivers dancehall flavor on â€œMurda She Wrote,â€ and Meek Mill exudes vacation vibes over a Latin-influenced beat on â€œUptown II,” featuring Puerto Rican singer Farruko.
Jaden Smith pops up twice on the soundtrack and he’s enjoyable but not groundbreaking: He has a solo song called â€œThe Hottestâ€ and he appears on the club-ready â€œRITMO (Bad Boys for Life) (Remix),â€ with The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin.
Overall, the â€œBad Boys for Lifeâ€ soundtrack does its job – abounding in references to cash, clothes and cars, all set to lively production. And while the set lacks unforgettable lyrics, the upbeat energy is a perfect fit. Sometimes, good enough is good enough.