40 Acres And A Mule/RCA Records will release CHI-RAQ – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from Spike Lee’s newest film. Executive produced by Lee, the 13-song disc will feature newly written material performed by award-winning Chicago natives R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and Sam Dew, as well as Nick Cannon, Mali Music and Treasure Davis. The soundtrack also features local Chicago artists Eryn Allen Kane, Kymm Lewis, Kevon Carter and more.
The soundtrack will be available for pre-order on November 13th at Amazon.com, iTunes and Google Play with instant downloads of the album’s tracks “Pray 4 My City” by Nick Cannon, “Contradiction” by Mali Music feat. Jhené Aiko, “I Run” by Jennifer Hudson, “Desperately” by Sam Dew and “Simple” by Treasure Davis feat. Kid Ink. It will be available to stream on December 4 on Amazon Prime Music.
As with previous Spike Lee joints, music plays an integral role in this film. The movie’s powerful message is reflected in songs such as Nick Cannon’s “Pray 4 My City,” that embodies the essence of his character Chi-Raq, a rapper addressing the harsh realities of his environment, and Kevon Carter’s self-reflecting “WGDB,” which examines and seeks solutions for the violence happening in Chicago. The recently released emotional Spike Lee-directed videos for “WGDB” and “Pray 4 My City” can be viewed here and here.
Directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and co- written by Lee and Kevin Willmott, Chi-Raq features an all star cast including: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
“I’m honored and excited to share with you the great music from CHI-RAQ,” says Spike Lee. “Thank you for listening to the established and brand new artists. Real music folks. Peace and love. Ya-dig? Sho-nuff.”
CHI-RAQ is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. After the murder of a child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata (Parris) organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
CHI-RAQ arrives exclusively in theaters nationwide on December 4th.
CHI-RAQ – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack track listing:
01 Pray 4 My City Nick Cannon
02 Put The Guns Down R. Kelly feat. Tink
03 Contradiction Mali Music feat. Jhené Aiko
04 Born In Chicago The Bruce Hornsby Band feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Sasha Go Hard
05 Sit Down For This Mali Music
06 Desperately Sam Dew
07 Simple Treasure Davis feat. Kid Ink
08 I Want To Live Kymm Lewis
09 My City Nick Cannon
10 WGDB Kevon Carter
11 I See The Light Sophia Byrd
12 All Power Cinque Cullar
13 I Run Jennifer Hudson