If there is one thing that people remember about the Men In Black movie series, its the black suits, the sunglasses, the memory erasing device and of course, the theme song.
The Good Wear Black
The main theme song for the first movie was called Men in Black by actor Will Smith who also stars in the movie as Agent J. This song was played during the closing credits and in a way sums up the whole idea of the Men in Black organisation.
Singer Coko from the group SWV adds her soulful soprano vocals in the background while Will Smith raps about how the MIBs “Walk in shadow, move in silence” and play the role of “first, last and only line of defense, against the worst scum of the universe”.
The music video itself is a very straight forward movie soundtrack type with scenes from the movie itself but adds its own little storyline ending off with dance sequence with an alien. Considered one of the better movie theme songs out there, Men in Black earned Will Smith a Grammy in 1998 for Best Rap Solo Performance.
Back In Black
It was no surprise that the theme song for the second Men in Black movie, Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head) was by Will Smith who returns to his role in the movie as Agent J. The song is also the lead single from Will Smith’s third studio album, Born to Reign.
Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head) also sees Tra-Knox lending his vocals to the chorus of the song as it peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and #77 on the American Billboard Hot 100.
The music video for the song sees Will Smith performing on stage in a Men In Black type of environment with scenes from the movie featured as well. The video was directed by Francis Lawrence, produced by Joseph Sassone and first aired on the June 3, 2002 episode of MTV show Making the Video.
Black In Time
Breaking the tradition of the previous two, the 3rd theme song for the 3rd Men in Black movie is no longer by Will Smith but by American artiste Pitbull. While the overall feel of the song does feel different compared to the first two at first, it does make more sense once you have watched the movie.
One of the songs that appeared in the movie was the 1950s hit, Love is Strange as Agent J goes back in time. Using this as a sample, Pitbull mixes in his own style of lyrics and Back In Time was born.
But one thing remained constant for Back In Time and that’s the music video which has the usual movie reference and scenes. Add in a little action, big guns and the all too familiar black outfit and you got something that fits right into the Men in Black franchise.
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