Do you remember the now-iconic (and somber) scene where Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (the late Paul Walker) were gearing on for their last race together in Furious 7? Doesn’t “See You Again” bring a tear to your eye whenever you hear it on the radio? Or how about that nostalgic feeling when you listen to Ja Rule’s “Furious,” or Cadillac Tah and Ashanti’s “Pov City Anthem,” from the Murder Inc.-helmed soundtrack to the first film? Ludacris’ electric bangers “Act A Fool” and “Rest of My Life” might have even made you want to crank your Honda Civic up and do 180 mph down the freeway.
Since 2001, the Fast & Furious franchise has produced some of the most high-octane music in pop culture. And through their ups and downs, the films and their soundtracks managed to evolve and remain consistent over the years, from the early Murder Inc. and Disturbing Tha Peace-led soundtracks (FF 1 and 2) consisting of predominantly hip-hop, R&B, and heavy metal to incorporating reggaeton, EDM, and pop music as the series grew with the times. These sets produced a large array of unforgettable chart hits, including Ja Rule’s “Put It On Me,” G-Eazy and Kehlani’s latest smash “Good Life,” and the tear-jerking classic from Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, “See You Again”.
With the eighth installment of the franchise, The Fate of the Furious racing into theaters today (April 14), along with its soundtrack, Billboard gathered 14 of the greatest songs from its 16-year history.
As one of the leading smashes from the first installment, The Fast & The Furious, Ja Rule gave us a banger that captured the film’s high-octane spirit. His intense delivery and lyricism set the scene for an explosive ride through the gritty streets of Los Angeles. It’s no wonder that he, Irv Gotti, and The Murderers were chosen to lead the soundtrack because they provided the film with the fuel it needed to become a smash.
(Source: Billboard News)