How 'Oz the Great and Powerful' Syncs Up with Coolio's 'Gangsta's Paradise'

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Many know that Pink Floyd's 1973 album "The Dark Side of the Moon" syncs up perfectly to 1939's "The Wizard of Oz," especially when you've indulged in illegal narcotics (or so I hear). If you haven't tried it yet, and you live in Colorado or Washington, we'd really recommend it, maybe with a couple asada burritos and some Funyuns.

Last Friday, "Oz the Great and Powerful," meant to be the 1939 film's prequel, debuted to audiences nationwide. But Sam Raimi's $200+ million blockbuster isn't without its own album companion: Did you know that the movie syncs up perfectly to Coolio's 1995 album "Gangsta's Paradise"? Honest! And you thought it was made solely to complement the film "Dangerous Minds." Pssshhhh. I should have Michelle Pfeiffer kill you with her bare hands for that.

Let's check out some highlights.

Song: 'That's How It Is'

Lyrics: Coolio: What up fow?

- Ain't nuthin man, wassup wit you?

C: Try'n to get my hustles on, you know how it is

(right, right)

- What you doin' nowadays?

C: Hustlin', what you doin'?

- School, man. I'm tryin' to get out of this mutha*****, man.

C: Right, well go then ... you know what I'm sayin', I'm tryin' to

make money.

Oz Analysis: Small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) performs to a 30-seat show at the beginning of the film. He laments the amount of money he and his partner (Zach Braff) make from the performance. It's hard out here for a magician ("here" in this case is Kansas, subbing for South Los Angeles) and, indeed, you could say that he's "hustlin'" and "tryin' to get out of this mutha*****, man." An almost perfect sync.

Song: 'Geto Highlights'

Lyrics: What you gonna play now

Get on up. Get on up. Get on up. Get on up.

Oz Analysis: Assuming you pressed play directly at the moment that Zach Braff shouts at us to come see Franco's magic show, the repetition of four "Get on up"s should be directly at the moment that Franco's balloon leaves the ground when he's chased by the massive dude with the muscles. Crazy, right? How blown is your mind? I'm guessing pretty f**king blown.

Song: 'Gangsta's Paradise'

Lyrics: You better watch how you talkin', and where you walkin'

Or you and your homies might be lined in chalk

Oz Analysis: Syncs up perfectly to when Theodora (Mila Kunis) and her new homey Franco first run from the flying monkeys that have been sent out to kill them. To add to the craziness, in L. Frank Baum's subsequent and criminally under-read crime novel, "Ace Bagless: Oz Detective," Detective Bagless outlines a murdered munchkin with chalk. Unreal coincidence.

Song: 'Gangsta's Paradise'

Lyrics: Tell me why are we, so blind to see

That the ones we hurt, are you and me

Oz Analysis: These lyrics sync up precisely to when Franco is "blind" to the fact that Finley the monkey is about to be killed by a lion until the very last moment. You can't make this stuff up.

Song: 'Gangsta's Paradise'

Lyrics: Power and the money, money and the power

Minute after minute, hour after hour

Oz Analysis: Our buddy Coolio spits these lyrics the moment that Franco Scrooge McDuck-back-dives into his new gold.

Song: 'Too Hot'

Lyrics: We need to do something drastic

S**t's gettin' tragic

And if you don't believe me

Then go ask Magic

Oz Analysis: These lyrics could have just been rapped by the China Girl as she lay broken under the table when Franco found her, which is, of course, right when Coolio utters the lyrics. Note especially the line, "Just ask Magic" — we thought he meant Magic Johnson for almost two decades, but it turns out that it was slang for Franco's character this whole time. Mind-boggling.

Song: 'Cruisin''

Lyrics: Messin' with my girl's hair one of them games that we play

Braids bouncin' to the beat feel me coming down the street

She gotta be a freak if she's sittin' next to me so

Shine up your hoopty and fall in line

Bring your honey if she's fine and we gon' have a good time 

Oz Analysis: These lines play right as Franco and the good witch (Michelle Williams) are seriously digging each other right after they meet. Life is good, y'all. The good witch is a FREAK.

Song: 'Exercise Yo Game'

Lyrics: One low loco gone ride away

Into the sunset but I ain't done yet

Respect yourself and wear your best

Keep your guard up cause we'll be hard up

Oz Analysis: This is, of course, right when Rachel Weisz shows Mila Kunis via crystal ball that Franco and Williams have run off together, meaning that he has turned his back on her love. Respect yourself and keep your guard up, girl, especially when your secretly evil sister hands you random green apples for no reason. Oh, wait.

Song: '1, 2, 3, 4'

Lyrics: What up everybody, so glad you're here

it's Coolio wit' the flow back in your ear

this ain't the fantastic voyage, but I'm still on a mission,

to see if I can get your attention

Now I want to drop some information

just a little additive to your education

I live my life by the code of the funk

600 watt amps, 18's in the trunk

Oz Analysis: Coolio replaces Franco with his own name in this verse, but as it smoothly plays directly over the scene where Glinda (Williams) introduces Franco to the citizens of Oz as their new Wizard and he makes a stirring speech, we know who he's talking about. The "code of the funk, 600 watt amps and 18s in the trunk" is obvious symbolism for the items in Franco's magician's kit that he carries around with him for the whole movie. Thank you again for opening our eyes to the truth, Coolio.

Song: 'Smilin''

Lyrics: No matter how old you get you could get that ass whipped

Daddy don't take no mess

Oz Analysis: Breathe in the symbolism. (Breathes.) This is obviously played right when Mila Kunis, now having fully transformed into the Wicked Witch, threatens the Wizard and the people of Oz. Bizarre gender reversal here. Daddy don't take no mess, indeed.

Song: 'Kinda High Kinda Drunk'

Lyrics: I was strapped I coulda killed him, but I didn't do it

I opted for the walk-away, watch the busta talk away

So Mister Policeman, you can put your chalk away

Oz Analysis: Coolio describes a scenario where he's equipped to do some major damage against an aggressor, but opts to walk away instead. Appropriately, the lines are rapped directly when Oz (Franco) is packing his bags to leave, not wishing to fight back against the Wicked Witch. And of course, another chalk reference to Baum's "Ace Bagless: Oz Detective." Coolio, stop impressing everyone.

Song: 'The Revolution'

Lyrics: Cuz life is full of hardships, pimpslaps, and sorrow 

Ya gotta believe in something, but whatever ya do 

Make sure what you believe is real and true

Oz Analysis: Franco realizes that he loves the land of Oz and the people in it after talking to China Girl and realizing that life is full of hardships, pimpslaps, and sorrow, but you still have to believe in something, and he decides he wants to help fight the witch. Coolio reportedly took the phrase "life is full of hardships, pimpslaps and sorrow" from a handwritten Ben Franklin letter to John Adams in 1782.

Song: 'The Revolution'

Lyrics: No longa will I accept the second rate

I plan to set the record straight before I disobey

It's the one -two combination punch to the throat

There's a hole in ya boat b****

That's all she wrote 

Oz Analysis: With the lyrics playing directly over the final battle of the film, the people of Oz declare that they will no longer be second rate citizens of the Wicked Witch, who then responds by "taking out (Franco's) boat," in this case a hot air balloon. But striking down the hot air balloon makes the Wizard more powerful than she can possibly imagine, and "that's all she wrote" for the Witch. God, will someone just invite Coolio to the White House? Please?

Song: 'Get Up, Get Down'

Lyrics: My squad, is hard, with players, and hustlers

No toleration, for fakers and busters

Oz Analysis: To close the film, and the album, Franco congratulates his crew — China Girl, Finley, Glinda, Master Tinker, and Knuck — on a job well done to defeat the Wicked Witch. The squad may have both players and hustlers, but they just couldn't tolerate fakers and busters such as the Wicked Witch and her sister. Well said, Coolio. As usual, well said.