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Great Movie Soundtracks (feat. Wesley Morris)

Great Movie Soundtracks (feat. Wesley Morris)

Update: 2022-03-11


“Soundtracks are the unsung heroes of film.” That’s the premise of this special episode of Object of Sound, recorded live at On Air Fest 2022. Hanif and New York Times critic at large Wesley Morris took to the stage in Brooklyn to talk about four of their all-time favorite Black movie soundtracks, from Do the Right Thing (1989) to Love and Basketball (2000), from Boomerang (1992) to Belly (1998). Plus, a playlist of standout hits from soundtracks of the 1990s. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to

Music In This Week’s Episode: 
Know The Ledge, Eric B. & Rakim
End Of The Road, Boyz II Men
So Good, Davina
For the Love of Money / Living For the City (feat. Queen Latifah), Troop, Levert, Queen Latifah
Days of Our Livez, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Sittin’ Up In My Room, Brandy

Show Notes: 

Hanif remembers watching the music video for Eric B. & Rakim’s Know the Ledge before he was allowed to see Juice, the film for which the song was composed.

You can follow along with the scene from Boomerang (1992) featuring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry here.

Watch the opening credits from Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, featuring Public Enemy’s Fight the Power, here

To follow along with the dance scene from Love and Basketball, see here.

Ahead of the scene from Belly, Hanif read from his piece On Warnings in the Paris Review.

The opening scene of Belly was in part inspired by the music video for Ja Rule’s Kill Them All.


This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Kathleen Ottinger, Rhiannon Corby, and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. Extra gratitude to Joe Dawson and Saidah Blount at Sonos.









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Great Movie Soundtracks (feat. Wesley Morris)

Great Movie Soundtracks (feat. Wesley Morris)