What does one do after their left stroke goes viral? Why head to Wakanda of course!
Grammy award-winning rapper, Tupac heir-apparent, and just general cultural phenomenon Kendrick Lamar is curating the Black Panther soundtrack, simply titled Black Panther: The Album. Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith will join him.
Lamar was already going to be involved in the album anyway as his track “All The Stars” with SZA is the soundtrack’s lead single, and now he’ll be even more closely involved.
Check out the full track listing for Black Panther: The Album…
1. “Black Panther,” Kendrick Lamar
2. “All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
3. “X,” ScHoolBoy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi
4. “The Ways,” Khalid and Swae Lee
5. “Opps” Vince Staples and Young Blackrok
6. “I Am” Jorja Smith
7. “Paramedic!” SOB x RBE
8. “Bloody Waters” Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak and James Blake
9. “Kings Dead” Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake
10. “Redemption Interlude”
11. “Redemption” Zicari, Babes Wodumo
12. “Seasons” Mozzy, Sjava and Reason
13. “Big Shot” Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott
14. “Pray For Me” The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar
Listen to it here:
Black Panther is shaping up to be a lot of firsts for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It already was the first film to have a Black lead to go along with a mostly Black cast. Now Director Ryan Coogler’s story of African empire Wakanda will be the first time that Marvel incorporates multiple original recordings for one of their films.
Coogler hand-picked Lamar for the soundtrack job and in a statement released through Marvel sounds delighted he accepted.
“I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film,” Coogler said. “I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store.”
Kendrick Lamar is starting 2018 off strong after dominating end-of-year music lists in 2017 with his fourth studio album “DAMN.” “Black Panther: The Album” will presumably just be the icing on the cake after he wins 41,000 Grammy awards on January 28.
Black Panther debuts February 16. Though it’s worth noting that Kendrick has already seen it and is a fan.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan (Coogler) and Marvel’s vision,” he said.