“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Album Swings in with Revolutionary Music


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By Ayman Mirkhan

Music tells a story. It can reveal basic details like a generic plot or scale to the vivid emotions held within each character of a story. Latest Marvel movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse” was able display all the details and emotions from the motion picture into their featured album.

The “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” album featured many famous stars including Post Malone, Swae Lee, Jaden Smith, and many more talented artists.

Important to note, the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse” movie is a very vibrant film in itself. It’s the story of an African-American boy named Miles Morales in the city of Brooklyn, New York and his dilemma of becoming the new “friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man.”

So, with so many different obstacles attacking Miles, the unique approach of the movie’s music allows the album to truly shine.

The album’s most popular song by far is “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, taking the top spot in the 100 billboard trending songs of the week of Jan. 19.

This song brings the vibrant colors of the animation to life as it not only presents a catchy beat to grab the attention of any listener, but it also tells a lot about Miles’s character as he himself is a very energetic and bold person; like a sunflower, Miles is also waiting for his opportunity to bloom to become the best Spider-Man he can be.

The album even goes in more depth with its character development by adding songs such as “Familia” which is meant to show Miles’s mother’s Puerto Rican heritage and how this diverse culture is crucial into building this unique character.

What gives this album the edge over many other movie albums is how the “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” music describes each and every scene of the film.

Most films’ music just maintain a consistent theme of the movie and create an album surrounding that. However, this movie’s music decides to make the album more than that; Rather than an accessory, the movie’s music is a crucial piece in understanding the depth behind the motion picture.

The song “Let Go” details Miles at his lowest point. All of his friends have decided he is not suited to the climatic mission and he is left by himself to contemplate whether or not he is the right person to be Spider-Man. However, the title “Let Go” is meant to symbolize Miles understanding that he needs to “let go” of his inhibitions for once in his life.

He sees that he must believe that he is more than he think he is and has to live in the moment. This crucial point in his development shows true character growth and is enhanced through each lyric in the song.

One of the most overlooked aspects of the album though is the general makeup of the artists in the album: black rappers.

Though this seems like an irrelevant point to bring up, I believe everything is placed for a reason. The story of a black boy in Brooklyn reaching his goals is almost parallel to these influential rappers on the album.

Artists like XXXtentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God started from the bottom as young black innovators and worked hard to get where to where they are today. All these artists’ backgrounds add more depth to Miles as a main protagonist and reveals the message of perseverance produces results, no matter how hard the situation is.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” film and album has paved a new path for the media industry and the amount of depth and meaning it was able to produced will probably not beat for a very long time.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Soundtrack