Marvel once again enlists rapper / singer Swae Lee to do a song for a Marvel movie. Swae Lee released her new Marvel’s song Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, which is titled “In The Dark” and stars R&B singer Jhené Aiko as a collaborator. You can listen to “In The Dark” below! The track is truly an upbeat and sumptuous hip-hop / R & B song, which brings out the respective melodic talents of Swae Lee and Jhené Aiko. If one can judge by the past history of the soundtracks of the Marvel films, “In The Dark” is already destined to be a success.
As noted, Swae Lee has had some big hits with Marvel movies before. Lee was once half of the rap duo Rae Sremmurd; he performed his first number one hit Hot 100 as a solo artist with the song “Sunflower” for the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack, on which he collaborated with Post Malone. His piece with artist Khalid, “The Ways”, for the Black Panther The soundtrack was a more modest success (reaching No. 63 on the U.S. charts), but it still helped Swae Lee break through as a solo artist and build a good relationship with the Marvel team. Now this partnership has generated another great song for the young artist.
It will be Jhené Aiko for his collaboration with Marvel; however, she recently went into business with Disney as a featured artist on the soundtrack of Raya and the last dragon.
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings is making a full effort to be the next big cultural milestone that Marvel Studios is putting in place. Indeed, Marvel’s first Asian-led film is a true cultural milestone in the same way as Black Panther was a landmark cultural event for black people. Black Panther showed Marvel that a movie’s wardrobe, soundtrack, iconography, and everything in between are all part of one big package; the studio clearly wants to pack Shang-Chi pretty much the same way, and so far it looks like it will work.
The soundtrack of Legend of the ten rings already has a big potential hit: “Lazy Susan” by Brian Manuel and Warren Hue of 88rising, with 21 Savage, produced by Roget Chahayed. The 88rising actually teamed up with Marvel Studios to work on the Shang-Chi soundtrack, giving the Asian-American record label the biggest boost of all time, and Marvel the chance to promote unique transcontinental sound that’s firmly committed to its brand.
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings hits theaters on September 3.