J-Hud’s ‘Respect’ soundtrack takes flight; “Bow Wow vs. Soulja Boy” drops; and more

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Jennifer Hudson is celebrating the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, with more than just a film based on her life.

On Friday, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Respect was released, featuring 17 uplifting songs sung by Hudson. Some of those soulful ballads include renditions of Aretha’s hits “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” as well as the inspirational hymn “Amazing Grace.” Additionally, Hudson shared the music video for the original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” — which she wrote along with four-time Grammy winner Carole King and Jamie Hartman. Respect, also starring Forest Whitaker and Marlon Wayans, is now in theaters. The soundtrack is available now on CD, vinyl and digital platforms.

In other music-related news, after squaring off during a Verzuz battle in June, rappers Bow Wow and Soulja Boy have reunited for a new music video aptly titled “Bow Wow vs. Soulja Boy.” The video, set at a mansion pool party, shows the two artists enjoying a lavish lifestyle that includes high-end cars, plenty of cash being thrown around, and — of course — a bevy of scantily clad women standing around and posing.

Finally, producer Swizz Beatz has unveiled his latest song from the forthcoming Godfather of Harlem Season 2 soundtrack. Titled “Brick by Brick,” the new track features rappers Westside Gunn and Fabolous talking about the harsh realities of life. Godfather of Harlem, starring Forest Whitaker, airs Sunday nights on Epix. New music from the soundtrack will be released weekly ahead of each episode.

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