Official Soundtrack For "The Unlikely Tale Of The Royal Elite Squad"

BY: D.A. ALSTON

We asked D.A. Alston to curate a Spotify playlist for her novel The Unlikely Tale of The Royal Elite Squad and she dropped off an incredible list of tracks. Featuring 20 songs from Chance The Rapper, Logic and Mali Music, D.A. was sure to select music that was true to her writing.

Mali Music - "Royalty"

If I had to choose a theme song, it would definitely be this. Mali Music personified exactly what I was thinking while I wrote this book. I believe we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood. I believe when you know that, you walk a lot higher and with purpose. You wouldn’t let people call you certain things if you knew you were a king or queen - that’s why I’m so big on reminding people about the king and queen within. Even in the midst of the darkness, you are called! You are royalty.
 

Meghan Trainor - "Me Too"

As someone who suffered from low self-esteem growing up, this song was such a triumphant moment for me. I love myself and I’m no longer looking for validation from anyone. God took his time making me and I am going to fully embrace that.
 

JoJo - "Music"

I’ve been a huge JoJo fan since I was a little girl. Through all her classics, this is one of my favorites. It’s her love letter to music and I honestly feel like she was reading my deepest inner thoughts. She asks “Where would I be without you (music)?” and music has always been such a huge part of who I am. I grew up singing before I even knew what singing was. My family comes together to harmonize every holiday before we eat dinner, so music has been a universal theme in my life. It’s helped me through break ups, gave me theme music to help celebrate my major victories and pulled me closer to the amazing God I serve. Music is life.
 

 Kamau - "Jusfayu"

Have you ever had a song that you love, but can’t quite understand why? For me, this is that song. This is my get-ready, it’s-the-weekend, I’m-finally-done-editing-and-I’m-so-happy song! Everyone needs a feel good song and this is it for me.
 

You can listen to the entire soundtrack below or on Spotify.


The Unlikely Tale Of The Royal Elite Squad is available now on Amazon, Kindle, B&N and Vital Narrative.