UFC 3 Soundtrack: Studs and Duds

john: 4Official rating: 80%

EA has been on a big hip hop kick as of late, so it’s no surprise that the UFC 3 Soundtrack is stacked with artists like the A$AP crew, Future, Meek Mill and Big Boi. After taking a few listens through, here are my studs and duds along with the songs that, with more time, may pop up to the stud category.

Studs – The Best Songs

  • East Coast REMIX – A$AP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, A$AP Rocky, Dave East, French Montana, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg  – This crew rolls deep and with some great verses. No chorus needed when you’ve got seven capable artists contributing. I’m also generally a fan of food being mentioned in a track and Dave East tosses some Ramen commentary in. When you lead off with a Busta verse it’s not hard to get on the Studs list.
  • The Man – The Killers – I can 100% see Connor McGregor sauntering in to this song, with his standard IDGAF smirk. So funky, such a good bass line, hard not to have this in the Studs section. Disagree? I’ll fight you…in the video game.
  • Legend Has It – Run the Jewels – It’ll be a sad day when an RTJ track lands on the duds list, but thankfully today is not that day. Legend Has It packs a powerful punch.
  • Loyal Like Sid & Nancy – Foster the People – This is a fairly uncharacteristic song from Foster the People to the point where I had no idea who the artist was on my initial playthrough. Found this one pretty easy to dance to. Not like, jump out of my chair dance, but some shoulder shimmies and head bops.

Duds – The “No Thanks” Songs

  • Down For Some Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby) – Vic Mensa, Chief Keef, Joey Purp – I get what they were trying to do with this track, it just didn’t work well for me. Ignorance just seems like such a bland word to base an entire track around.
  • Left Hand Right Hand – YoungBoy Never Broke Again – But John, you say, “this song is perfect for an MMA game. You use those two body parts for the punching.” And while I agree with you, unless this is played during a sparring drill, I don’t like it. I’ll give YoungBoy credit for his knowledge of human anatomy, but when an artist previously had NBA in their stage name, they shouldn’t be on a UFC soundtrack.
  • We Want It – Ohana Bam – The whole first verse is filled with Ohana Bam rhyming words with same starting syllables (name, hate, lemonade, strange, mayne, make), the most agregious being “ashamed”. All lyrics on this track should be in iambic pentameter sir! Shakespeare would be displeased.
  • O.M.C. – Leikeli47 – It seems to reference “WIN” by Jay Rock and if you saw my review of the Madden 19 Soundtrack, you’ll understand why anyone associated with that track will end up on the duds list.

Songs That Are Growing On Me

  • Bad JuJu – Tech N9ne Collabos, Tech N9ne, King I.S.O – I wanted so much more out of this song than they give us. At roughly 40 seconds it teases and then cuts out. Sad, but awesome for the limited time.
  • Wins and Losses – Meek Mill – It’s hard to be hard and talk about a pigeon in the same song, but Meek Mill pulls it off. The Kobe reference “Dropping sixty-twos like we Kobe” almost sealed the deal as a stud, but I’m keeping Meek Mill in limbo.
  • No Limit – G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B – I’m iffy on this one, mainly because I’m not a fan of Cardi B, but the similarity to Good Charlotte’s “The Anthem” puts this in the middle of the good and bad. All about those one time, two time, three time lyrics.

Final Thoughts

Overall a pretty solid soundtrack. Not an eclectic selection by any means, but for a hard-hitting game, you need some hard-hitting tracks. With 27 tracks and 98 minutes of music, it will take a bit of time for this soundtrack to get old.

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