Sound is as much a part of the Black Panther’s mythos as futuristic technology and Marvel’s making sure that the Black Panther soundtrack is going to be a work of art all its own that would make Wakanda proud.
Following rumors of his involvement first surfaced a few weeks ago, it’s been confirmed that Kendrick Lamar is working with Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith to curate and produce Black Panther: The Album. It will feature songs from the film, as well as new music directly inspired by it, such as Black Panther’s lead single “All the Stars” featuring Lamar and SZA, which, by the way, is great.
I love this. Unlike most of the bombastic, melodramatic songs that are usually associated with superhero movies, “All the Stars” is a contemplative, bass-heavy reflection on the heavy weight on T’Challa’s shoulders as he ascends to the throne. It’s a different and fresh take on what a hero’s anthem can be.
In a public statement, Lamar expressed his excitement at being involved with Black Panther and emphasized how the landmark film is more than just a regular superhero flick:
“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 [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.”
No official release date for Black Panther: The Album has been announced yet but the film—as you well know by now—hits theaters on February 16.