‘The Drew’ Soundtrack Is A Must-Listen, So Here’s Where To Find The Songs From Showtime’s New Documentary
Even if you're not a sports fanatic, Showtime's documentary The Drew is a gripping and inspirational must-watch. When a pro-am basketball league was founded in the heart of South Central Los Angeles to help underprivileged youths, no one ever dreamed it would eventually become the most elite pro-am league in the country. Forty years after The Drew League was born, the gym is frequented by the likes of NBA stars including Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. The producer of the documentary, retired NBA player Baron Davis, began shooting hoops at The Drew when he was just 13 years old and says the institution provided him with a strong sense of community. The documentary details the history of The Drew League and focuses on the stories of several individual players — and The Drew's soundtrack accompanies the storytelling perfectly.
In fact, the music was so good that it left me wondering if I could buy the soundtrack. Sadly, I've searched all over the Internet and it doesn't appear that the soundtrack is available to be purchased as a whole. But, we don't need to despair — many of the featured songs can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Rhapsody. So, at least we can improvise and create our own playlists.
Here are the musical highlights from The Drew and where you can find them:
1. Festival Music by Kazzy Chase
This is the hip hop tune that plays during the opening of the documentary and it can be found on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, and Spotify.
2. I Got It by IShowoff
As The Drew League is formed, this upbeat, inspirational tune plays in the background. It's available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, and Amazon.
3. Salute by Bahsanford
Salute is played while footage of one of The Drew's first games is shown. It can be found on iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, and Amazon.
4. Rage (For They Do Not Know) by Bago
Kevin Dandridge’s death is arguably the most emotional moment of the documentary and it's accompanied by Rage. Today, "The Most Inspirational Player" award is presented in his honor each year. His family members are always on hand to present the award. This song is available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Spotify.
5. Get Busy (B-Side) by The Wow
This B-side is played as Baron Davis discusses achieving his dream of attending UCLA to play basketball. It can be found on Rhapsody, Spotify, and Amazon.
6. Every Weekend by Cali Gee
Every Weekend plays in the background as a montage shows the impact of the Drew League and the amazing things its players go on to achieve. It can be found on iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, and Amazon.
7. All Out by Bjay MC Fly
When Kevin Durant visits The Drew League during the NBA lockout, All Out plays. It's available on iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, and Amazon.
8. Other Amazing Songs In The Drew
Motherland by Immortal
When Charles Drew is introduced at the beginning of The Drew, Motherland plays. It's only available on Rhapsody.
Double Back by Sugarman Three
This song plays during the powerful scene that depicts Los Angeles' black community coming together during the 1970s. It can be found on Rhapsody and Amazon.
Stand Up by Lee Fields
African Americans weren't welcome in the Crenshaw League, which lead to the formation of The Drew. Stand Up plays during this scene and it's available on Rhapsody, iTunes, and Amazon.
Superstar (Nothing Left To Do) by Bruce James
When Dino Smiley is introduced as the leader of The Drew league, Superstar plays. You can find the song on Rhapsody.
The music in The Drew is an amazing addition to an inspirational, educational documentary.