Warner Music Canada
By Johna Autencio
Although it isn’t expected to hit number one at the box office this weekend, Ice Cube is back in theatres with this third comedic instalment of Barbershop: The Next Cut. The film takes place 10 years later with Cube’s character, Calvin and his Barbershop mates still working at the shop, but when the community isn’t at its best, together they will bring much-needed change to their neighbourhood.
Since every film has a motion soundtrack, it’s no doubt that Barbershop: The Next Cut has one as well. The soundtrack features 16 songs from various artists that range from late 1950s funk to present day – among them, songs by Earth, Wind & Fire, the late James Brown, Luther Vandross, CeeLo Green and many more.
Although most of the soundtrack features classic hits from these talented artists, it’s quite obvious that the film’s leading actor Ice Cube has provided a new track for all to hear. Collaborating with co-star rapper Common in the first song of the album called, “Real People,” the song represents artists coming together for fun. In the ’90s, these two talents had a rap “beef,” but it wasn’t as big of a deal as Ice Cube and his former rap group N.W.A. Now that time has passed and all wounds are healed, Cube and Common have laid it to rest on their new song, with Common even rapping, “It’s a good day when it’s me and O’Shea.”
Another new exclusive song on the soundtrack is Lizzo’s acclaimed, “Good As Hell.” The song provides self-confidence and female empowerment to walk away from a relationship that no longer feels right. Not only does it have a strong message, but it’s also very catchy and equally makes you feel “good as hell.”
The soundtrack can help you predict how the movie will be based on the order of the music. It toys with your emotions because the first half of the album is joyous and fun, then the music changes to complement the climactic aspect of the film, especially on track seven, “Hold On,” by Kem, and then reverts back again to the fun and upbeat music. While most of the soundtrack offers up hits, there are a few sleeper songs as well. Overall, the soundtrack is full of upbeat, which perfectly matches the movie.
Barbershop: The Next Cut soundtrack is available today and is in theatres now.