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Captain Marvel–March 8th
Artist(s) to curate: HeeSun Lee
Featured guests: Angie Rose, V. Rose
Producer(s): Natalie Lauren
In a rare and unlikely to be repeated victory, DC managed to beat Marvel on the movie front by releasing the first female-led superhero film. Marvel’s response comes in the form of Captain Marvel and the film’s tagline has been laconic but potent: Higher. Further. Faster.
HeeSun Lee’s discography is rife with songs exemplifying this sentiment, from the iconoclastic I Break Stereotypes to the prophetic Future. Plus the concept and cover art for her upcoming EP Flying Cars meshes perfectly with Captain Marvel’s sci-fi aesthetic.
HeeSun has always been about changing the way the game is played and it’s only natural for her to surround herself with other culture movers whether behind the boards (Natalie Lauren) or on the tracks themselves.
Artist(s) to curate: Culture Villains
Featured guests: Ray Emmanuel, Rockstar JT
Producer(s): Dirty Rice, Juice Bangers
Billy Batson is a fourteen-year-old kid who meets an old wizard and by just saying one word, transforms into a full-fledged adult superhero. Swap out the wizard, increase the ages and you have the Culture Villains. They are young artists whose words and raps put them at the same if not higher level of musicianship than their “adult” counterparts. Their recently released Preseason compilation exudes a level of maturity and jaw-dropping skill that is rendered all the more impressive when you learn just how old these guys are.
Ray Emmanuel (who himself is 14) and Rockstar JT likewise rap leagues around the most seasoned emcees and most definitely deserve placements on the soundtrack. Plus it’s evident from the trailer that the marketing team clearly threw in Kendrick’s Humble just to be cool so a Culture Villains soundtrack to work with would yield much better results. Dirty Rice and Juice Bangers are the perfect hitmakers to make a canvas for the trio to paint all over.
Artist(s) to curate: Jackie Hill-Perry, Propaganda, and Joseph Solomon
Featured guests: Eshon Burgundy, Shai Linne
Producer(s): Alert 312, Braille
Although you could not tell from the trailer, author J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Christian. His numerous works from his poems, essays, to his most famed stories The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are layered with Christian allegory, allusion, and metaphor.
He was a creative who loved his Creator and yet made art that while it didn’t compromise on faith, drew the attention of non-Christians. His penmanship is unrivaled and there are no better writers to honor his legacy than Jackie Hill-Perry, Propaganda, and Joseph Solomon.
All three are seasoned poets in their own right and I could see them joining forces to create a spoken word album of sorts, containing musings on what it means to glorify God through art and showcase the beauty of poetry and narrative the way Tolkien did.
Braille and Alert 312, apart from being in-house producers, are great at giving tracks a cinematic feel but also forging more mellow moments to allow the beauty of lyrics to really hit. Eshon Burgundy and Shai Linne give off similar vibes in their music and content-wise rap about similar ideas through their projects.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters–May 31st
Artist(s) to curate: Reach Records (Lecrae, Trip Lee, KB, Tedashii, WHATUPRG, Gawvi, 1k Phew) GOM (Bizzle, Bumps INF, Selah The Corner, Jered Sanders, Datin), King’s Dream Entertainment (Ruslan, Paul Russell, Jon Keith), Good Fruit Co. (Uzuhan & Sam Ock)
Featured guests: N/A
Producer(s): Ace Harris, Camden Bench, Gawvi
Oh and you thought the Avengers: Endgame soundtrack was too stacked?! Godzilla: King of the Monsters is, no pun intended, a beast of a film. It features not one monster but four (King Ghidorah, Rodan, Mothra, & Godzilla himself) and teases a clash of titans of epic proportions. No better way to celebrate this than by bringing together four major labels of CHH. The potential collabs alone could be insane.
Paul Russell and KB. Lecrae and Jered Sanders. Bizzle and Ruslan. Uzuhan and WHATUPRG. Scheduling an album of this magnitude would be a logistical nightmare but one can surely dream, right?
Spider-Man: Far From Home–July 5th
Artist(s) to curate: Aaron Cole
Featured guests: Kaleb Mitchell, Jaylon Ashaun, Zauntee
Producer(s): Cole Walowac
Tracing Cole’s musical catalog you’ll probably wonder why Disney and Sony haven’t hit him up for a soundtrack ever since Tobey Maguire donned the spandex. He truly is the lyrical embodiment of Spider-Man. What are some key characteristics of the wall-crawler? He tries to balance school and his superhero persona, is an underdog who always overcomes, and has a great relationship with those above him.
One of Cole’s earliest projects was called 4th Period. He featured on a song of Roy Tosh’s called Underdog, and don’t tell me you don’t get Tony-Peter vibes from his mentor/mentee dynamic with tobyMac. But Cole’s come a long way even within the past year and never lets people’s expectations or criticism get to him.
Cole Walowac produces many of Cole’s singles and has proven time and time again to adapt to what Aaron’s versatility. Kaleb Mitchell and Zauntee would make for great yet zany collabs while for selfish reasons I’m hoping Cole and Jaylon link up to make a love ballad that rivals Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower.
Adopted from Rapzilla.