Marvel’s latest film ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ has been the topic of much discussion for several reasons. From having several Asian and other POCs as cast and crew to resolving its racist comic origins, the 2021 superhero movie has a lot going on. In fact, K-Pop Twitter was shocked when they spied GOT7’s Mark Tuan on the red carpet for the film’s LA premiere. Turns out that there are a lot of K-Pop artists who have lent their voice for the film’s OSTs (original soundtracks).
‘Shang-Chi’s’ OST album was managed by Marvel Music, Hollywood Records and Interscope Records and was released on 3rd September, 2021. And before that, four of the tracks were released a month earlier in August. 12 out of the 18 songs in the album were featured in the actual film. It’s also commendable that the Marvel project is being inclusive and involving POC artists, especially Asian artists and K-Pop idols. We also have the main lead, Simu Liu sing an OST in collaboration with 88rising.
Asian Artists In ‘Shang-Chi’ OST Album
But what caught fans’ eye first was a distinctive raspy voice in ‘Shang-Chi’s’ first trailer which undoubtedly belonged to GOT7’s Jackson Wang. And from then onwards, it’s just been a surprise collaboration after another with tracks being sung by Asian artists like Rich Brian, NIKI, JJ Lin, Warren Hue, Masiwei, Shayiting EL, Gen Hoshino, keshi. K-Pop idols and artists like GOT7’s Mark, BIBI, DPR LIVE, Seori, Audrey Nuna, DPR IAN, Zion.T also lent their voice to the album.
And while we are also getting GOT7’s Mark on the album, Jackson’s OST might have been, unfortunately, scrapped. ‘Shang-Chi’s’ comics are rather racist and do not portray China in a good light and Chinese fans do not believe that the film can be “fixed.” And with the Chinese government imposing strict censorship rules, there is a chance that the film won’t be allowed to be released in the country. This is why Hong Kong-born Jackson has been temporarily been removed from the album and the future of his OST is uncertain. But fans are excited for the rest of the OSTs.
21 Savage and Rich Brian – ‘Lazy Susan’ ft. Warren Hue and Masiwei
NIKI – ‘Every Summertime’
DJ Snake, Rick Ross and Rich Brian – ‘Run It’
Swae Lee – ‘In the Dark’ ft. Jhené Aiko
OSTs Released With The Album:
JJ Lin – ‘Lose Control’
Rich Brian and EarthGang – ‘Act Up’
Rich Brian, Warren Hue and Guapdad 4000 – ‘Foolish’
Adawa and Shayiting EL – ‘Baba Says’
Warren Hue and Seori – ‘Warriors’
Audrey Nuna and NIKI – ‘Clocked Out!’
Mark Tuan and BIBI – ‘Never Gonna Come Down’
Anderson .Paak – ‘Fire in the Sky’
keshi – ‘War With Heaven’
88rising and Simu Liu – ‘Hot Soup’
NIKI, Rich Brian, Warren Hue – ‘Always Rising’
DPR LIVE, DPR Ian, peace. – ‘Diamond+ and Pearls’
Zion.T and Gen Hoshino – ‘Nomad’
Saweetie and NIKI – ‘Swan Song’
Have you seen ‘Shang-Chi’ yet? Is your favourite artist on the album? Which track was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
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