2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Mike’

The Mike soundtrack includes music by DMX, Nina Simone and John Lee Hooker. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Steven Rogers’ 2022 Hulu miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Mike stars Trevante Rhodes as Mike Tyson, a legendary American boxer. Russell Hornsby co-stars as Don King, a promoter who represented the title character during his prime. The storyline follows Mike as he reflects upon his life during a live stage performance. Composer Peter Nashel (I, Tonya) scored the Hulu miniseries; music supervisor Derryck Big Tank Thornton (The Chi) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Mike.

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  • The Hustle” by Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony (00:02): Mike breaks the fourth wall during a stage performance. The Mike soundtrack song continues during a title sequence. A 1974 scene begins.
  • “You Feel Like Magic” by Charlie Peacock and Les Chanteuses feat. Lenachka (00:04): Mike narrates about his childhood. He recalls taking beatings from neighborhood kids. The music drops as Lorna Mae (Olunike Adeliyi) vomits in a sink.
  • “Five Reasons” by NineOneOne (00:05): Lorna Mae pours a pot of soup on Eddie (DeShawn Harold Mitchell). Mike narrates about his upbringing. He talks about his mother during a stage performance.
  • “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” by DMX (00:07): Gary Flowers (Kenneth Dion Johnson) taunts Young Mike (Zaiden James). He rips off a bird’s head. The Mike soundtrack song continues as the title character attacks Gary.
  • “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong (00:10): Mike narrates about his childhood friends. He describes being part of the Rutland Road Crew. A 1974 sequence begins.
  • “Hold Your Head Up” by Argent (00:13): Mike hangs out with Cus D’Amato (Harvey Keitel). He narrates about his street reputation. The music scores a fight sequence.
  • “I Pity the Fool” by Bobby Bland (00:14): The Mike soundtrack song plays as the title character finishes a confrontational interview. He narrates about a lack of compassion. Young Mike attacks a bully.
  • “Winter Nature” by Seaman (00:16): Young Mike enters a juvenile delinquency center. He reunites with Barkim (T.J. Atoms). Mike narrates about being moved to an upstate facility.
  • “I’m Man” by Marlon Coles (00:17): Teen Mike talks about Bobby Stewart (Michael Drayer). He arrives at a boxing gym during a transition sequence. Teen Mike boxes Bobby.
  • “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” by Nina Simone (00:18): Teen Mike begins applying himself. The Mike soundtrack song continues as the title character starts training with Bobby. Mike narrates about discovering a legal talent.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:21): Mike narrates about Cus. He talks about the trainer’s “old-timey” reputation. Cus says that Mike could be the greatest world champion of all time.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:23): Teen Mike thinks about the future. The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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  • You Got to Move” by Mavis Staples & Levon Helm (00:01): Teen Mike receives advice from Cus. The Mike soundtrack song scores a boxing scene. Cuys says that a fighter should win in an “exciting  matter.”
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:04): The track plays during a car scene. Cus drives a vehicle. Teen Mike eats a special kind of cheese.
  • “Rolling with the Thunder” by Ashley Clark (00:10): Mike narrates about his childhood. He talks about Cus’ gym as a representation of hope. Mike wins his first career fight.
  • “Boom Boom” by John Lee Hooker (00:19): Cus and Camille (Grace Zabriskie) decide to adopt Teen Mike. The Mike soundtrack song scores a transition sequence. Rhodes’ character talks about his relationship with Cus and Camille.
  • “You Are the Man” by Inez & Charlie Foxx (00:23): The track scores a boxing montage. Mike begins working with Jimmy Jacobs (Tim True) and Bill Cayton (Kale Browne). Cus argues about his fighter’s image.
  • “The First Cut Is the Deepest by P.P. Arnold (00:26): Cus passes away. Mike resumes his career one week after a funeral. He dominates the heavyweight division.
  • “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone (00:30): Mike defeats Trevor Berbick. He celebrates in the ring. The music scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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Mike Soundtrack on Hulu: Every Song in Episode 3 “Lover”

  • Candles on the Cake” by Mark G Hart & Stephen Emil Dudas (00:00): The Mike soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. A one-man show continues. The music plays briefly.
  • “AI 1 Final” by Gavin Maestro (00:01): Mike talks about wanting to love women. The track continues during a transition sequence. Mike has sex and watches Robin Givens (Laura Harrier) on television.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:02): Mike talks about Robin during his one-man show. A montage sequence begins. Mike talks about his “fairy tale princess.”
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:06): Mike talks with Robin in bed. The Mike soundtrack song plays in the background.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:07): Mike recalls being in love. He hooks up with several women. Mike says that he was “21 and horny.”
  • “She’s Not Just Another Woman” by 8th Day (00:09): Mike agrees to be Robin’s boyfriend. He hooks up with a woman. Mike and Robin arrive at a press conference during a slo-mo scene.
  • “Concrete Jungle” by Little Beaver (00:11): Mike chases Robin around their home. He narrates about being in love.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:12): Mike marries Robin. He prepares for a fight against Tony Tubbs.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:16): The Mike soundtrack song plays during a car scene. Don King talks about quails. Mike laughs in the passenger seat.
  • “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers (00:22): A 1988 sequence begins. Mike receives medication for depression. Mike talks about his behavior while consuming drugs.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:28): The track accompanies the end credits.

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Mike Soundtrack on Hulu: Every Song in Episode 4 “Meal Ticket”

  • TBA” by TBA (00:01): Mike talks about having more power. The Mike soundtrack song plays during a transition scene. Mike arrives at a car dealership.
  • “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop” by Lionel Hampton (00:06): A 1966 sequence begins. Don King enters a Cleveland bar. He attacks and kills Sam Garrett.
  • “Muffin 6” by Gavin Maestro (00:07): Don begins a prison sentence. He tries to sharpen his mind. Don acquires 40 acres of land.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:10): The Mike soundtrack song scores a boxing sequence. Mike squares off against Carl Williams. Don becomes a father figure to Mike.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:12): Mike picks up Nisey. He narrates about his sister always checking him in public.
  • “Bussin’” by L.E.A.N (00:12): A club sequence begins. Nisey hangs out with Mike. She watches Don and decides to leave.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:18): Don suggests that Mike should train for his Buster Douglas fight. The Mike soundtrack song scores a bedroom scene. Mike hooks up with three women.
  • “Tell Me” by Dodo Greene (00:19): The track kicks in during a slo-mo sequence. Mike gets knocked out by Buster Douglas. Don promises that he’ll schedule a re-match.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:23): Mike recalls hitting rock bottom. The track scores the end credits.

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Mike Soundtrack on Hulu: Every Song in Episode 5 “Desiree”

  • “Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)” by The Chi-Lites (00:00): The Mike soundtrack song plays during the opening sequence. Desiree (Li Eubanks) prepares for a beauty pageant in July 1991. She breaks the fourth wall and says it’s the worst day of her life.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:03): Desiree rehearses for a competition. Various women watch Mike as he arrives. Desiree schedules a date.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:05): Desiree prepares for a date with Mike. She gets ready with her friends. The track scores the end credits at 00:30.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:13): The Mike soundtrack song accompanies a bedroom scene. Mike forces himself on Desiree.
  • “Blackbird” by Lady Blackbird (00:18): Desiree has a nightmare. She thinks about telling the truth about Mike. The music drops during a courtroom scene.
  • “Who Gone Stop Me” by Marlon (00:19): Desiree watches a news segment. A reporter talks about Mike’s case. Desiree takes off a bracelet.

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Mike Soundtrack on Hulu: Every Song in Episode 6 “Jailbird”

  • “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Graham Central Station (00:00): A prison sequence begins. The Mike soundtrack song plays as a bus arrives. Mike narrates about returning to jail.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:03): Mike talks about his first month in prison. He gets called a “tree jumper.” Mike explains the term.
  • “War Is Not the Answer” by Gavin Maestro (00:06): Mike narrates about the 90s. He breaks the fourth wall in prison. Mike talks about America’s war on drugs.
  • “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan (00:09): The Mike soundtrack song plays during a prison sequence. Lloyd (Theo Haddon) schools Mike about business strategies. They earn money together in prison.
  • “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” by Nina Simone (00:11): A 1994 scene begins. Mike talks about the “perfect cover.” He spends time with Muslims.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:13): Mike talks about the appeal of Islam. He thinks about Don King’s chauffeur, Captain Joe (Lance E. Nichols). Mike says that the man taught Malcolm X.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:18): Mike meets with Maya Angelou (Arischa Conner). They pose for a photo together. Mike sells the image for $50 to his cellmate.
  • “Get Out of My Way” by Tedashii feat. Lecrae (00:20): Mike converts to Islam. He prepares to leave prison. The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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  • “No Love in My Heart” by Elmore James & The Broom Dusters (00:01): Mike narrates about Monica Turner (Clark Backo). The Mike soundtrack song plays during a 1988 social event. Monica talks about undereducated urban kids.
  • “Soul Sacrifice” by Santana (00:04): Mike talks to Monica about his business affairs. He confronts Don King about money. Mike ends their business relationship.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:07): Mike begins fighting again after serving a prison sentence. He narrates about a match against Peter McNeeley (Chris Nolte). Mike defeats Buster Mathis Jr. (Jason Elwood Hanna) as the music continues.
  • “Sound Funky” by Vicki Anderson (00:08): The Mike soundtrack song scores a montage. Rhodes’ character defeats Frank Bruno. Mike re-gains several championship belts.
  • “Got It On Me” by Pop Smoke (00:09): Mike narrates about his first bout with Evander Holyfield (Johnny Alexander). He prioritizes cocaine over training. Monica tries to contact Mike.
  • “Outa-Space” by Billy Preston (00:15): Mike marries Monica. He narrates about his demons. Mike struggles with his vices.
  • “Crimson Black and Brown” by The Sunset Sound feat. Billy Valentine (00:20): Mike narrates about Monica. A 2003 sequence begins. Mike gets a face tattoo.

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  • “Spinnin'” by Bernard Wright (00:04): Mike’s life spirals out of control. He looks for Don King. The Mike soundtrack song continues during a 2003 sequence.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:06): Mike loses to Kevin McBride. He announces his retirement in the ring. The music fades as Mike talks with Kiki (Ash Santos).
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:08): A 1995 sequence begins. Mike meets Kiki for the first time. Mike narrates about dating her while married.
  • “Amen” by Marlon (00:10): Kiki prepares for a prison sentence. The music scores a sex scene. Mike narrates about trying to improve his life.
  • “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone (00:18): Mike narrates about his last experience with cocaine. He marries Kiki and renews his vows six months later. The Mike soundtrack song scores the series’ final moments and end credits.

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