LISTEN: Kehlani’s New Track for the ‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack

The entire world has been gearing up for the upcoming Suicide Squad film starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and Viola Davis leading a stellar cast. Seeing as it’s a story about a group of supervillains, we expect the soundtrack to echo the dark and sinister atmosphere of their world.

Kehlani’s eerie new track does exactly that.

The song Gangsta received its first listen on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 before he had a chat to Suicide Squad’s director. The light melody and harmony in the vocals at the beginning of the track gives it a creepy sound that is sure to send chills down your spine.

The electro-pop sound picks up and falls back down again for the chorus as her voice intertwines with the noise. We can tell this track is definitely here to explore the psychotic love Harley Quinn has for The Joker with lyrics like “I need a gangsta// to love me better// than all the others do// to always forgive me// ride or die with me// that’s just what gangstas do.”

Lowe described Kehlani as a “haunting” and “tough artist”, which sounds perfect for the soundtrack. “I think Kehlani really sums up what her appeal is to people, which is a vulnerability,” he says.

He spoke to the film’s director David Ayer who said he knew the song was going to work quite well from the very first listen. “She’s had a life and she comes from some place, you know, and she puts that into her music and you can tell when an artist is really putting everything on the line and, you know, that’s what I like to get from actors.”

Other artists who are also to be featured on the soundtrack include Skrillex and Rick Ross, Grimes, Eminem, Panic! at the Disco, Kevin Gates, Action Bronson, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson.

You can listen to Gangsta via Apple Music now. The soundtrack for Suicide Squad will be released on August 5.

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