'Need For Speed' Soundtrack To Pack Original Kid Cudi Song, 'Hero,' Featuring Skylar Grey

  • Michael Briggs , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Mar, 06, 2014, 07:13 PM

"Need For Speed" will race into theaters with a lot of Kid Cudi.

The rapper, who stars in the film alongside "Breaking Bad" alum Aaron Paul, also recorded an original song for the film's soundtrack, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cudi, real name Scott Mescudi, recently spoke to Movie Viral about the track and how his involvement with the film helped him write a song that would really fit.

"Scott (director Scott Waugh) gave me the last three minutes of the film, I scored to that, and then made the song around the score," he said. "It was more about getting the vibe, the theme, the anthem, for Tobey's character, and then the lyrics. It came together really quickly. The inspiration was there to have a visual in front of me, it really helped out a lot, because it's really tough to be a musician for hire. Something that I dabbled in with songwriting, and it was nerve-wracking, and I have a problem with authority. I'm an anarchist. I'm my own boss with music. It's tough to do these musician for hire jobs. I was a part of the movie, I understood the tone, I understood the characters. Also I knew what Scotty Waugh was looking for, and I knew what the film needed at the end. So it all worked out."

The 30-year-old, who released his fourth solo studio album, "Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon," last week, recently hinted on Twitter that he would like to take the film and song pairing one step further one day, with an album and film combination.

The "Need For Speed" track, entitled "Hero," also features singer Skylar Grey. Other artists to appear on the soundtrack, which is available for pre-order on Amazon, include Aloe Blacc and Jamie N. Commons. The film hits theaters March 14.

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