Today, Roc Nation and Geneva Club – in partnership with Netflix – has released the motion picture score for The Harder They Fall. Jeymes Samuel leads as composer of the score, building out his long list of dynamic roles as both director and co-writer on the film. Ranging from spiritual genres to reggae, the score follows Nat Love’s journey to revenge. The score plays a key role in bringing the Western Revisionist film to life with vocals from the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Zazie Beetz, Jonathan Majors and Jeymes Samuel himself, blended into the melodies from The Chamber Orchestra of London, among others.
- Experience the score for The Harder They Fall HERE
Of the 136 scores eligible, The Harder They Fall was among the 15 scores voted to the Oscar shortlist in the Music (Original Score) category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. With a nomination, Samuel would be the ninth Black composer ever nominated, and with a win, he would be the third Black composer in the history of the Oscars to win the category.
“We are excited to be releasing The Harder They Fall score today. Fans will be able to get an even closer look into this film through the sonic experience the score provides. I’m honored to have helped bring our collective visions to life through these sounds,” said Samuel. “The recognition we’ve received for The Harder They Fall from audiences and critics around the world has been incredibly exciting.”
The score debut falls on the heels of the film’s recently released original motion picture soundtrack, which features explosive music from a wide array of award-winning artists such as JAY-Z, Kid Cudi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Seal and more. The soundtrack was released by Roc Nation in partnership with Netflix, and co-produced by both Jeymes Samuel and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter.
Premiered globally just last fall on Netflix, the film continues to amass critical acclaim, described as “a killer soundtrack [that] bolsters the most star-studded Black Western ever made,” by Indiewire while Variety describes The Harder They Fall as a film that “brings Black cowboys and Jay-Z to the Oscars race.” The Harder They Fall has also been nominated by the Critics Choice Association for Best Acting Ensemble, honored last year at the 2021 Gotham Awards, cultivated a record 20 nominations for the 22nd annual Black Reel Awards, and was recently longlisted in three categories for the 2022 BAFTA Film Award including Original Score.
- Three and Thirty Years
- Jesus Cortez
- The Jim Crow Count
- Away With The Wind She Goes
- Away With The Wind She Goes (Part 2)
- Dead Man’s Valentine
- Do Unto Others / Ride Out
- Showdown / Shootout
- Pick Up Your Guns and Turn Around
- Three and Thirty Years (Fisk Jubilee Singers)
- Everything You Love Will Burn
- It’s A White Town
- Everyone But Him
- Sun Up, No Mary
- Redwood Theme
- Is That The Right Arm or the Left?
- Ride Out (Part 2)
- Clearly… You Don’t Know Me
- The Return of Nat Love
- Wiley Dynamite
- Bad Karma In The Afterlife
- The Harder They Fall Choir
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