Let's Be Cops
Songs By: Various Artists
Score By: Christophe Beck and Jake Monaco
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the cop comedy Let's Be Cops, Justin (Daman Wayans, Jr.) and Ryan (Jake Johnson) are far from home and far from achieving their dreams. The two had moved to Los Angeles years ago, but Justin hasn't had any success as a video game designer and Ryan hasn't really done anything great since his days as a star quarterback in college. After Justin's final project, a police video game, is rejected, Ryan decides they should use the game's presentation uniforms as a gag at their college reunion. Faced with their failures and a chance to change their image, the two decide to carry the charade a bit further, driving around in a fake patrol car and pretending that they are real cops. Unfortunately, the charade goes a tad bit far when the friends find themselves facing down real life mobsters.
The Let's Be Cops Soundtrack features songs by various artists, including Diplo, Moby, Cypress Hill & Rusko, Scorpions, Backstreet Boys and more. The musical score on the album was created by the duo of Canadian composer Christophe Beck and American composer Jake Monaco. Beck has been composing music for film and television since the late 1990s. His work includes score for Starstruck, Bring It On, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, The Practice, We Are Marshall, The Seeker, The Hangover, Waiting for Superman, Frozen and more. Monaco began working with Beck in 2007 and has since collaborated with him as score producer or through additional music contributions on a number of films, including Frozen, Muppets Most Wanted, Runner Runner, The Hangover III and more.
The songs found on the album feature just about every genre out there, including gangsta rap, hip-hop, alternative, rock and pop. I'm not a huge fan of gangsta rap, but Biggie Bounce by Diplo and Shots Go Off by Cypress Hill & Rusko have fun beats and very memorable hooks. The music mix in Bueller is off the hook. Don't Drop the Thun Thun by Finattics is a hysterical sexually explicit hip-hop song featuring a style reminiscent of Cypress Hill. Stuck in the Middle with You, an old Bob Dylan song preformed by Lazlo Bane, is a perfect choice to define the situation Justin and Ryan have found themselves in. I loved the flashback tracks like Scorpion's Rock You Like A Hurricane and The Backstreet Boys' I Want it That Way. The Let's Be Cops Suite is the only track of score on the soundtrack. The score is in keeping with the rest of the music in the film, segueing from hip-hop to rock and everything in between.
I had a lot of fun listening to the Let's Be Cops Soundtrack and, after one listen, singing along during the second listen. The premise of the film may be ridiculous and the film may not have done well in the theaters, but the Let's Be Cops Soundtrack is definitely an album worth checking out.