Scoreboard: Playlist for The Hangover Part II

I just watched the trailer for The Hangover Part II about 2 weeks ago. I wasn’t in a rush to see where the cast would travel next or what trouble they’d get into until I sat in the theater to experience the fictional disaster. My reason for holding out is because I didn’t expect the film’s debaucherous premise of party and bullshit to deviate heavily from it’s 2009 predecessor. Why would it? It was a huge success, spawning watchable re-runs on HBO and maybe other networks like TBS—when it retires Wedding Crashers (also co-starring Bradley Cooper). But it’s the music that will also be a main attraction for me. Already mainstream darlings Jay-Z and Kanye West score the trailer for this Memorial Day blockbuster. Just look at how Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy” track is threaded over the first half of the trailer to build the story.

Hijinks aside, music from the first Hangover was the true highlight of the film. Hearing T.I. and Rihanna’s “Live Your Life” and Yeezy’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” blaring from the THX-equipped movie theaters left me as numb as Zach Galifianakis’ face after meeting Iron Mike’s fist. Credit for the success of The Hangover‘s musical accompaniment goes to Christophe Beck, who scored H1 and H2 along with my favorite movie of the year thus far—Cedar Rapids. I don’t remember much to any hip-hop highlighting Cedar Rapids, probably because Ronald kept it thorough in his gangster monologue. To that point, I’ve come to the realization that I’m a fiend for maximizing rap beyond my computer screen.

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