The Roots and Bilal Share Powerful ‘Detroit’ Collaboration “It Ain’t Fair”

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The Soulquarian collaborators share their eruptive contribution to the Detroit soundtrack

As much attention as Detroit has received ahead of its nationwide release (Friday, August 4th,) the film’s soundtrack has been a puzzling omission from the discussion.

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With deep cuts and classics from luminaries of soul, funk, and jazz (John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, The Dramatics and more) filling an expertly-curated tracklist (see below,) the Detroit OST captures the full force of the era’s protest anthems and romance records, and even traces those threads through the decades since to studious disciples likeBilal and The Roots. Today, the Soulquarian outfit has unveiled their powerful new collaboration “It Ain’t Fair,” ahead of the soundtrack’s release this Friday, July 28th, via Motown Records (the only possible home for this particular film’s score.)

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Hear The Roots and Bilal join forces on “It Ain’t Fair” below. Scroll on for the OST’s full track list.

Detroit OST Track List:
“If You Haven’t Got Love” — The Dramatics
“Jimmy Mack” — Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
“Baby Bunny (Sugar Honey)” — Jerry Williams
“Your Precious Love” — Marvin Gaye & Tammi Tyrell
“Till Johnny Comes” — Brenda Holloway
“Larry’s Rescue” — James Newton Howard
“It Ain’t Fair” (feat. Bilal) — The Roots
“Devil’s Gotten Into My Baby” — The Devotions
“The Cream Of The Crop” — Lee Rogers
“All Because Of You” — The Dramatics
“Larry’s Alone” — James Newton Howard
“Grow” — Algee Smith
“Heaven Must Have Sent You” — The Elgins
“I Want To Talk About You” — John Coltrane


Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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