Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Spiral’

Spiral Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Saw Movie

The Spiral soundtrack includes music by Young Nudy, 21 Savage and Young Thug. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Darren Lynn Bousman’s 2021 franchise movie. Visit the Vague Visages Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Spiral stars Chris Rock as a detective named Zeke Banks. He investigates a series of murders with his partner, William Schenk (Max Minghella), while trying to resolve on-going conflict with several colleagues. By the final act, Zeke reaches a horrific epiphany upon meeting a notorious cop killer. For the ninth installment of the Saw movie franchise, music supervisor Scott Greer includes four hip-hop tracks that punctuate the action. Here’s a full breakdown of every featured song in Spiral.

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Spiral Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Saw Franchise Movie

Spiral Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Saw Movie

  • “You Ain’t Hard” by Young Nudy (00:06:00): The Spiral soundtrack song plays after the title sequence. Detective Zeke Banks wonders if Forrest Gump could be made in the present. The song continues as Zeke and his colleagues target a drug dealer named Rico.
  • “Down Bad” by Millie Go Lightly, Real Recognize Rio, SG Tip and Lil Harold (00:11:00): Schenk begins his first case with Zeke. He’s impressed by the detective’s vehicle. Schenk and Zeke discuss their experiences with women.
  • “Emergency” by 21 Savage & Gunna feat. Young Thug (00:46:00): Zeke poses as a street merchandise vendor. The Spiral soundtrack song plays as a suspect transports goods to his apartment room. The music fades as Zeke’s team raids the building, and it picks up again during an interrogation sequence.
  • “Spiral” by 21 Savage (01:27:00): Zeke screams while his father is murdered by a SWAT Team. Schenk escapes and raises a finger to his mouth; a callback to a past traumatic event involving Rock’s character. The Spiral soundtrack song scores the end credits sequence.

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Spiral released in May 2021.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.