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Genres: J-Pop, RnB, Hip-hop, Soundtrack



The Fast and the Furious franchise – you either love it or hate it. If car racing and action flicks tickle your fancy, this series will sweep you up in a wave of testosterone and exhilarating explosions. If your someone who can’t stand this series, you’ll uncontrollably let out an audible groan each time a new instalment comes around. With this series collecting an exorbitant number of fans and dollar bills, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore this gargantuan creation.

With an exhaustive amount of money given to each instalment, Universal throws every idea at the wall in the hopes they’ll stick. With this in mind, its noticeable that their cinematic and music-related endeavours are continually taken for a spin. So, for 2006’s Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the studio pulled its resources together to deliver a memorable soundtrack to salvage this otherwise forgettable instalment. For this threequel, Universal took its influential franchise to the other side of the world. Speeding through Japan, Tokyo Drift‘s soundtrack utilises J-Pop’s best offerings. Here, we’ve got several hits just aching to be blared through sub-woofers across the world.

The first track, developing a solid base-line for this impactful soundtrack, sets up this instalment as a catchy and entertaining offering. As a cognitive part of this mechanised beast, the Teryaki Boyz’ rev-head anthem ‘Tokyo Drift’ stylishly kicks off this sublime soundtrack. From there, the soundtrack paints a badass mental picture of this series’ aesthetic and thematic glory. After Kid Rock’s ‘Bawitdaba’ blares into your headspace, RnB discovery Juelz Santana diverts this soundtrack back to where it should be going. Combining an idiosyncratic rhythm with a head-bobbing beat, this track is one of many highlights in this lively compilation. But what does this all mean? Should we be thinking this hard about a set of songs placed together to sell merchandise?

Graciously, the album picks up speed and delivers pitch-perfect reasons to stick around. With several hits helping us recall certain scenes from this kitsch sequel, its pleasant vibes and pacy beats suit the dumbstruck material. The album goes on to deliver several refreshing and laid-back hip-hop tracks. Embracing the franchise’s penchant for enviable settings, impressive sights, and sexy characters, tracks like Far East Movement’s ‘Round, Round’, Evil Nine’s ‘Restless’, and N.E.R.D’s ‘She Wants to Move’ are infectious numbers that suit the movie’s light-as-air tone.

Recommendations: ‘Tokyo Drift’, ‘Six Days’, ‘Speed’

Delving into multiple genres and influences, this compilation contains enough inspired choices to depart from its commercialised roots. In true Fast and Furious Fashion, Puerto Rican rap/reggae star Don Omar is treated to a couple of vital spots on this spectacular list. His tracks, ‘Bandolero’ and ‘Conteo’ suit this album the way singlets fit Vin Diesel’s muscular frame. Further examining this series’ punchiness and flair, the album hurriedly delves into several fast-paced yet forgettable electronica/rap numbers. Dragon Ash’s ‘Resound’ and Atari Teenage Riot’s ‘Speed’ stall this vivacious compilation, but only slightly.

However, the final few songs amp-up this album’s core merits and believable charms. The film’s opening track, ‘Six Days’, is a surprisingly poetic and unique track fit for this conquering compilation. DJ Shadow and Mos Def’s remix hits several high points and powerful interludes. Perfect for the album’s dynamic aura, this is a note-worthy highlight fit for every car stereo. In addition, GRIFTS’ ‘My Life Be Like (Ooh Ahh)’ is a fun rap number separating itself from everything else. Drifting from one track to another, the Tokyo Drift soundtrack proves that sub-par movies can be elevated by powerful and momentous music-driven moments.

Verdict: The series’ greatest soundtrack, so far. 

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