Prior to the February 14th release of Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog movie, hip-hop superstars Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child have teamed up for a new single, titled “Speed Me Up.”
The theme song, produced by superstar producer duo Take A Daytrip (Lil Nas X, Big Sean, YBN Cordae), arrives alongside a companion visual, which sees all four artists transformed into 16-bit Sonic characters. Together, the group mixes rapid fire lyrics over hip-hop infused ’80s nostalgia production for a collaboration of blockbuster proportions.
The “Speed Me Up” music video will make its broadcast premiere on MTV’s GRAMMY special airing January 24th. The song will also appear throughout the film’s marketing campaign leading up its release on February 14th.
“Speed Me Up” was overseen by Kevin Weaver, President, Atlantic Records West Coast (Soundtrack Album Producer of Birds of Prey, The Greatest Showman, Suicide Squad, Furious 7, The Fault in Our Stars and The Fate of the Furious). Named by Rolling Stone as a “soundtrack guru,” Weaver is a GRAMMY Award winner and five-time nominee who has produced numerous multi-platinum soundtrack projects that have amassed tens of millions of albums sold worldwide.
Sonic the Hedgehog stars Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, James Marsden, Natasha Rothwell, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough, and Adam Pally. Ben Schwartz is providing the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. Tickets are on sale now at SonictheHedgehogMovie.com.
Sonic the Hedgehog is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from SEGA that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog.
The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination.
Fowler is directing the Sonic the Hedgehog movie from a script by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller and Oren Uziel. Neal H. Moritz (Fast & Furious films), Toru Nakahara, and Takeshi Ito are producing. The co-producers are Dmitri Johnson and Dan Evans, and the executive producers are Hajime Satomi, Haruki Satomi, Masanao Maeda, Toby Ascher, Nan Morales and Tim Miller.
Sonic the Hedgehog was first seen in 1991 on the SEGA Genesis. Since then, the character was inducted into the “World Video Game Hall of Fame” in 2016 at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Most recently, the popular franchise has seen two new hit releases in 2017, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC). Total sales of the series including both packaged and digital downloads count over 360 million units.