Next month brings the release of Queen & Slim, the new film from Emmy-winning producer Lena Waithe and the Grammy-winning music video director Melina Matsoukas. Described as “protest art” that confronts racism, the thriller follows a black couple evading authorities, Bonnie and Clyde style, after they kill a police officer in self-defense.
Now, an accompanying soundtrack has been announced, and it features a number of prominent black artists. Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, and Vince Staples contributed to the 17-song OST, due out through Motown. 6LACK, BJ the Chicago Kid, The Internet member Syd, and Bilal also appear. Meanwhile, Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, provided the film’s score.
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“I wanted the soundtrack for Queen & Slim to showcase the historical evolution of Black music, from its roots in blues and soul, to modern bounce, hip hop and R&B – much like we used to see in film soundtracks in the 90s,” Matsoukas explained in a statement. “We partnered with Motown because of their legacy within Black music. I am honored to have worked beside Ethiopia and cannot wait for audiences to hear what each artist has created.”
As a preview of the OST, check out the video for “Collide” by Motown-signee Tiana Major9 and former Artist of the Month EarthGang.
The Queen & Slim soundtrack officially arrives November 15th, just a few weeks before the film opens in theaters November 27th. The starring couple is played by Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Nightflyers), while Bokeem Woodbine, Chloe Sevigny, Sturgill Simpson round out the cast.
Revisit the Queen & Slim trailer: