The newest Marvel extravaganza Black Panther is almost here, and one of the most anticipated movies is going to have a banging soundtrack. Kendrick Lamar was tasked with assembling a killer soundtrack on his Top Dawg label along with president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and director Ryan Coogler. It looks like he completed the job with flying colors. Black Panther: The Album Music From And Inspired By comes out February 8, a week before the release of the film. The movie is getting rave reviews from critics, and we’re probably going to notice the same for the soundtrack.
Decorating the album’s cover is a minimalist design sans text. Instead we get an image of Black Panther’s necklace. This design choice is great because what really stands out is the music. Of course, we get Kendrick Lamar for the titular track, but also SZA, 2 Chainz, Mozzy and more. You may not recognize all of these artists yet, but don’t worry, you’ll soon know exactly who they are.
Check out the album tracklist below:
- “Black Panther,” Kendrick Lamar
- “All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
- “X,” ScHoolBoy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi
- “The Ways,” Khalid and Swae Lee
- “Opps” Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok
- “I Am” Jorja Smith
- “Paramedic!” SOB x RBE
- “Bloody Waters” Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak and James Blake
- “Kings Dead” Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake
- “Redemption Interlude”
- “Redemption” Zicari and Babes Wodumo
- “Seasons” Mozzy, Sjava and Reason
- “Big Shot” Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott
- “Pray For Me” The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar
We’ve also seen a video for “All the Stars” this week and it’s an ethereal vision with the two singers as royalty as directed by Dave Meyers and The Little Homies. SZA and Kendrick Lamar evoke the world of Wakanda and Black Panther with a Biblical motif. True to its name, the two appear in a galaxy scene as well.
Black Panther film director Ryan Coogler is a big fan of Lamar’s and approached him along with Tiffith. The result of their collaboration has given us a album that’s sure to shoot up to #1 in the charts — it’s already #5 on Amazon in Albums.
What isn’t on the album is the song from the Black Panther trailer, but if you’re looking for that, it’s easy to find; the tune is Run the Jewels’ “Legend Has It.”As for the instrumental music, Coogler teamed up with Lamar and Ludwig Göransson to create the “sound” of Black Panther. Pitchfork reports that Göransson traveled around West African and South African villages to get the sounds of the film. His research included going to a huge library of over 20,000 records and listening to music that’s been lost over the years due to colonization. Now it’s just a few days until we get to hear the results of his efforts, which are sure to be amazing since he’s worked with Coogler for over 8 years. Let’s hope this trip to Wakanda is as amazing as the soundtrack.