Sonic the Hedgehog's big movie release date is just a handful of weeks away now, and a new music video has been released for one of the tracks set to appear in the film.
Speed Me Up is a new song from American rapper/singer-songwriter Wiz Khalifa, featuring vocals from Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, and Sueco the Child who we're told are - checks notes - also famous musicians. It seems to have gone down pretty well with fans so far, with the majority of comments on social media being pretty positive. Check it out for yourself above.
The film itself is still due to arrive in cinemas on 14th February following Sonic's design overhaul towards the end of last year.
Are you liking what you're hearing? Does this new song have you hyped for the film's big release? Share your thoughts with us below.
Althought this type of music is normally not to my taste, I have to say they've done a really good job; it's fun, catchy & they captured a lot of nostalgia in the video.
Well it is a song, I’ll give it that.
Wiz Khalifa? Wow not a great choice.
Will there be some good weed as well?
I'm not a huge fan of this type of music, but even I admit that this is an absolute bop
Funny. I AM a fan of "this type" of music and I find this a dull track. Probably the 80s synth vibe. Never liked that.
I love Ty Dolla $, and the animated parts of the video are cool. The song itself is okay for a movie song but I wouldn't listen to it again.
In before "Hit or miss"
The song is really poor. It's always weird when they do rap songs that directly relate to a movie. Some good (gym class heroes - shellshocked from TMNT), some bad (this), some just so weird it's funny (office space)
Beatiful pixel art, well crafted visuals, every pixel counts!
Bruh why do ppl think this movies gonna be good? It still looks like it will be bad. A redesign cant fix a bad plot, terrible jokes, and bad rap like this. Also I've been seeing a lot of things like baby sonic and fluffy sonic. Their just shoehorning in all these stupid things so you talk about their movie
I seriously wonder what some of these commenters consider real music. I mean I actually know Ty Dolla $ign from the song "Gone" w/Afrojack, and it's one of my favorite jams. This however feels like marketable cringe.
@PickledKong64 It can't be any worse than those Alvin and the chipmunks movies. And what would you want in your ideal Sonic movie? I don't think it will be great, just "meh" tier kid-fodder. At least they listened and took the internet's suggestion to fix the design at all. Wait til it comes out.
I like to think that all of the auto-tunes idiots talk like that in the day to day. Song is really not terrible to begin with but really doesn't need all these separate guests. Whiz's part could easily carry the whole track.
What did I just listen to?
I like the music aspect of it but the vocals I'm not a fan of as I can barely understand what they are saying.
I finally watched this video and as someone else mentioned it is barely worthwhile but why in the crap is he blowing on the cartridge in the beginning? That was never done on Sega games.
I admit it, without shame : I just can't wait to see this movie. I don't know, the recent trailer juste gave me what I want to see. I mean... It's Sonic !
Next : the Mario animation movie (is it still in progress ?)
Oh god, what have you done to my eyes and ears. This was absolutely dreadful. Yuck!
It's not a bad song, just not very Sonic-y
@Bobobiwan heck yeah man
It's a bad song.
The instrumental portion sounds as if it came from a mid 90s Casio. Which may be appropriate.
Hey. Remember when Sonic themes had melodies?
Almost wish they would delay the movie again just to redo this terrible track. Would have been hilarious to have a Crush 40 song in the movie
VideoGameLife.com is on sale for $195. That might be a more fitting place for most of NintendoLife's editors.
I would have preferred Metallica personally...
Kendrick Lamar made a degree of sense with Black Panther
How the hell did they get Wiz and Lil Yachty on this track
@Seananigans here is a casual reminder this movie was never made with the intent of appealing to people who actually play the games
@Seananigans Sonic has followed a lot of popular music trends over the years, it's never just been alternative rock.
@BlueBlur101 Well yeah, obviously
The intent of this movie is to introduce new people to the Sonic brand
So while it was made with fans in mind, it's not a movie made specifically for them
@ToonStuff Even based off the trailers it doesn't even seem to be made with fans in mind
The minute references are there but they were also there in the live action Smurfs movies as well
It purely panders to the lowest common denominator of people and is just an excuse for Paramount to hold on to those film rights
Yeah, let's combine two terrible things. Surely the outcome will be something worthwhile.
There's only one person with the surname "Khalifa" whose videos i want to watch, and it's certainly not Wiz.
@Dakotastomp for starters an all animated cartoon sonic movie would be better. But personally I dont want a so if movie because Sonics endured enough suffering.
@the_shpydar I get the reference
Very fitting. Just like sonic those musicians are at their best when they keep their mouths shut.
The video pays homage to Sonic’s pixelated past but does nothing to embody the vibe of any core franchise title. Sonic games tend to employ driving beats with heavy synth and guitar work. Kind of like the best that power rock of the time could offer. Similar musical styles drove Mega Man X through his adventures. Sonic titles did employ some funk and R&B influences, but rap they did not. The tune they’ve gone with as the film’s “pop” theme is forgettable and does nothing to conjure up racing through a level. Were they to ask an actual 90s kid like myself, I’d suggest something with the pop/rock vibe of Journey’s early 2000s song ‘Higher Place’. Rip out the vocals and it easily belongs in the background of a Sonic course. This lack of fundamental understanding of Sonic’s musical history and feeling is discouraging and doesn’t bode well for the film’s vibe. If one were to remove the "lyrics" here, would the instrumental accompaniment belong in a Sonic title? Think back to the peppy themes of Sonic's invincibility power-ups. Sonic 4 Parts I and I and Sonic Mania understood Sonic music.
What on earth are you doing Paramount? You were supposed to be making a Sonic MOVIE, not a sonic weapon!
Nintendo might have called their franchise advertisement "The Wizard", but SEGA gets the actual Wiz to vouch for theirs!!
The stakes have been upped for the Mario feature, that Illumination in France have been toiling away over. I mean, if that film ever actually emerges.
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