Space Jam: A New Legacy Soundtrack Drops

Space Jam: A New Legacy comes out in theatres on July 16th, and not only does the movie have a lot of hype to live up to as a follow up to the Michael Jordan-led 1996 film, but the soundtrack also has a tough act to follow. 

The original film was a financial success, grossing $250M on a $80M budget (and becoming the 10th highest grossing film of 1996), but received mixed reviews from critics. The soundtrack was a different story though as it was critically acclaimed on top of selling extremely well - it hit #2 on the Billboard 200, getting certified 6x Platinum in 2001. Six songs were released as singles, including Seal's version of Fly Like an Eagle, R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly as well as the one of the all-time best basketball-inspired tracks in Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem) by the All-Star roster of B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes. R. Kelly earned two Grammy awards for his song, as I Believe I Can Fly became the most successful track of his career. Of course, we can't forget a couple of other bangers on the record. Basketball Jones, hilariously written by Cheech & Chong back in the 1970's, was covered by Barry White & Chris Rock. Jay-Z and R. Kelly collaborated on writing All of My Days, which didn't appear in the movie, but buoyed the back-end of the album. 

So can the new sound track live up to the hype?  
The record certainly has lined up it's own All-Star cast of performers: Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Dame D.O.L.L.A., Lil Wayne, Jonas Brothers, Leon Bridges and more. Only time will tell how the movie and soundtrack measure up to the originals.