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The Alicia Keys–Kendrick Lamar collaboration for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released on Monday, and the neo-soul superhero anthem marks another harmonious pop pairing for Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer’s presence is felt throughout Williams’ recent album release, G.I.R.L., and the two again layer cinematic string sections over funk beats for “It’s On Again.” Lamar kicks off the track with his rap verse, while Keys sings of carrying out superhero duties. The song is the film’s closer.
“I’m very excited to be a part of such a powerful collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer,” said Keys in a statement when the track was announced. “This is the next chapter in the Spider-Man legacy and we really feel ‘It’s On Again’ captures the experience, the story — and most importantly — the meaning behind the film, which is that we all have the potential to be extraordinary. There’s a little bit of a superhero in all of us.” Added Williams, “Hans has created an iconic score theme and it was exciting to collaborate with him again on this song. When I was making the song, I knew Alicia and Kendrick had to be on it. They take the song to a whole new level.”
“It’s On Again” will be available on iTunes on April 1, while the entire Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is set for an April 22 release. The soundtrack will also feature new material from Williams, the Neighbourhood, Alvin Risk and LIZ. Phosphorescent‘s “Song for Zula” is also listed.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 score was composed by Zimmer, with the Magnificent Six — Williams, Incubus’ Mike Einziger, Johnny Marr, Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski and Steve Mazzaro. The film, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, will hit U.S. theaters on May 2.
Listen to “It’s On Again” below:
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