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Soundtracks of Television: ‘We Own This City’

We Own This City Soundtrack - Every Song in the HBO Miniseries

The We Own This City soundtrack includes music by Migos, Mary J. Blige and Yg Teck. This info article contains spoilers for David Simon and George Pelecanos’ HBO miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

We Own This City stars Jon Bernthal as Wayne Jenkins, the leader of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. Wunmi Mosaku co-stars as Nicole Steele, an attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. The storyline chronicles the institutional corruption and racism that led to a 2017 federal racketeering case. Composer Kris Bowers (Dear White People) scored the HBO miniseries; music supervisor Blake Leyh (The Wire) handled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in We Own This City, an adaptation of Justin Fenton’s 2021 book.

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We Own This City Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “Part One”

We Own This City Soundtrack on HBO - Every Song in Episode 1

  • Bad and Boujee” by Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert (00:10): Wayne leads a GTTF raid in Baltimore. The We Own This City soundtrack song plays from within a home as the unit enters the building. “Bad and Boujee” drops as Wayne inquires about the second floor.
  • “Right Now” by Mary J. Blige (00:16): Nicole (Wunmi Mosaku) drives her vehicle. She spots two cops detaining a Black man on a sidewalk. The music continues as Nicole records the incident with her phone.
  • “No Complaining” by Yg Teck (00:25): David (David Corenswet) and Gordon (Tray Chaney) conduct a surveillance mission from a vehicle. They try to locate a suspect named Anderson. The We Own This City soundtrack song plays from a separate vehicle.
  • “Lil Lil Bih” by AAP, Slim Spitta (00:41): The music scores a strip club sequence. A tracking shot follows a dancer. Jemell (Darrell Britt-Gibson) and Gondo (McKinley Belcher III) have a good time.

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We Own This City Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “Part Two”

We Own This City Soundtrack on HBO - Every Song in Episode 2

  • “Tired” by Young Moose (00:13): Bill Burns (Scott Charles Blamphin) speaks with Nicole. The We Own This City soundtrack song plays from a cell phone. The lyrics cite the corruption of Detective Hersl (Josh Charles).
  • “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James (00:33): Nicole meets with Young Moose at a diner. She explains that she is with the Civil Rights Division. The music plays in the establishment as Young Moose speaks about his experiences with Hersl.
  • “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down (00:41): Wayne and his wife attend a lake home party. The 2002 song plays from a stereo system. Mike Fries (Joey Palestina) says that Wayne’s crabs are “small as shit.”
  • “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond (00:55): The We Own This City soundtrack song scores a bar sequence. Hersl receives a visit from Nicole. He smacks his lips while eating and makes passive-aggressive statements.

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We Own This City Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Part Three”

We Own This City Soundtrack on HBO - Every Song in Episode 3

  • B. Boy” by Tech N9ne (00:39): Wayne arrives at Doubled Bail Bonds. The music plays from his vehicle. Wayne finishes a bottle of beer and throws it.
  • That’s Alright” by Nighthawks (00:49): The We Own This City soundtrack song scores a bar sequence. Wayne hangs out with Miller. The music continues as they discuss Suiter’s intentions.

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We Own This City Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “Part Four”

We Own This City Soundtrack on HBO - Every Song in Episode 4

  • “Who Do You Love?” by YG feat. Drake (00:16): Maurice Ward (Rob Brown) recalls a night out with Wayne. The music scores a strip club sequence at the Millstream Inn. Wayne spots a dwarf dancer and eventually robs her.
  • “Two Tickets to Paradise” by Eddie Money (00:20): Wayne celebrates a promotion. The We Own This City soundtrack song plays from his vehicle as meets with colleagues. Wayne carries a box of Coors Light and a six-pack of Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

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We Own This City airs weekly on HBO. New episodes premiere every Monday through May 30, 2022. This article about the We Own This City soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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