The Black Panther soundtrack has been in the works for some time, but only a few weeks ago did we find out that Kendrick Lamar will be curating and producing the music for the much anticipated superhero film featuring Chadwick Boseman as Wakanda’s King.
Kendrick Lamar has been working with Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith to develop the album, which will feature songs from the film, as well as original music inspired by it, such as Black Panther’s lead single “All the Stars” featuring himself and SZA.
In a public statement, Lamar voiced his excitement at being involved with Black Panther, emphasising how it’s so much more than just your average superhero film:
“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 honoured to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.”
“All the Stars” aligns perfectly with Lamar’s vision, as well as the Afrofuturist direction that many expect the film to take. It also challenges conventional ideas of what a superhero song should sound like.
Black Panther promises to stand out among other Marvel films, as it will be the first to centre Black characters, and explore the dynamics of an African nation untouched or interfered with by outsiders.
Have a listen below, and tell me the song doesn’t fit perfectly.
There’s no official release date for Black Panther: The Album yet, but the film drops February 16th, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.