“Father of Harlem” Music: Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, and More

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Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and Lord Afrixana are just one some of the artists Whose music stands out
The third season of MGM+’s 1960s set “godfather of Harlem“I don’t pick artists by name, I pick artists based on what we’re trying to do,” he says. Swiss BeatzHe serves as the show’s music producer and creative director.

When putting together the show’s soundscape, Beatz says he tried to be thoughtful when using an installation. “The music is very powerful and with that I wanted to use it to give the characters an authentic look,” he says.

He also didn’t want to put himself in a box by choosing music from the 1960s, instead being given the right approach and creative freedoms to use new artists who helped him find the sounds.

Forest Whitaker plays Bumpy Johnson, the notorious crime boss fighting for control of Harlem in season three. Beatz wanted the music to “be the voice in Forest’s head and be part of the character.”

For Beatz and Jadakiss’ theme song for the show, “Hustle, Repeat,” Beatz says he started by looking at the villains in the movies.

Based on the season’s frosty opening, the song harks back to the timelessness of East Coast hip-hop and features Bumpy’s anthem. At the scene, Bumpy and his friends carry out a bank truck heist. “Bumpy has lost everything and needs to find money, run around, repeat,” Beatz explains. “The song was just what Bumpy was thinking in his head, ‘I have to get him and get back on my feet,’ and that’s how it came out.”

Beatz wanted to do something that felt powerful, so he sought out Rick Ross and DMX for help and adding vocals. “Rick is a great storyteller and he brings all that energy, it feels like something we’ve never seen before,” explains Beatz.

For “Street Opera”, a club vibes tune, SAINt recruited JHN, Fivio Foreign and BIA. For this placement, Beatz says, “I wanted to give young people something they can think about and feel about. It’s very dramatic and dangerous. Fivio freaked out on the runway and I thought he’d grab the stage and sit well in the show.

Working with collaborators, Beatz finds the piece before asking who will sound good on it.

She explains: “I needed female energy in ‘Street Opera’ and that’s why I chose BIA. But Fivio is at the top of his game, so we’re looking to reach out to the stars and see if we can catch them.”

Listen to the soundtrack below.

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