One of the first things viewers gravitated towards in the first Us trailer was the use of the Luniz's 1995 smash "I Got 5 On It," which was reworked into a sinister classical version by trailer's end. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly after the trailer dropped, Peele explained why he wanted to use this song.
That song, it came pretty simple, I’m making a movie in Northern California, that’s a bay area hip-hop classic and I wanted to explore this very relatable journey of being a parent [and] maybe some of the songs you listened to back in the day aren’t appropriate for your kids. So that was one level, and another part was, I love songs that have a great feeling but also have a haunting element to them and I feel like the beat in that song has this inherent cryptic energy, almost reminiscent of the Nightmare on Elm Street soundtrack. So those were the ideas that that song hit the bullseye on for me, and also, it’s just a dope track.
Haunting, indeed. The Us soundtrack has two versions of this new reimagining of "I Got 5 On It": One called the "Tethered" mix, which actually morphs the original into the eerie, string-led version, and a second, entitled "Pas De Deux," which is the full, sinister orchestral take on the sample of Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad" used in "I Got 5 On It." Listen to both below.