The much anticipated movie Black Panther has finally arrived, and with it, we have been blessed with an amazing soundtrack with works by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, SZA, The Weeknd, Jorja Smith and more. While the movie itself is extremely powerful, the soundtrack holds just as much strength. The album was produced by Kendrick Lamar and the CEO of his record label, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Kendrick has always made meaningful, symbolic and politically relevant music, so he could easily identify with Black Panther, which is about an African kingdom completely free from Western colonization. His enthusiasm for the album was made very clear when he stated, “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 and Marvel’s vision.”
While the album is powerful from a political, racial and social standpoint, its songs are also very thoughtfully crafted and made into true works of art. In addition, with this album, we finally get some new Kendrick songs to hold us off until his next official album. Some of the most noteworthy songs on the Black Panther soundtrack are “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar ft. SZA, “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, “Big Shot” by Kendrick Lamar ft. Travis Scott and “Pray For Me” by Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Keep in mind, the whole soundtrack is a whopping 131 songs long and the actual album produced by Kendrick is still a lengthy 14 songs long. So, I chose some of my favorite originals made by or including Kendrick.
Finally, I encourage everyone to see the first superhero movie with an African American lead, cast and production team. For one, the movie is amazing from the writing, to the production, to the acting, to the cinematography and of course, the soundtrack. However, most importantly, this movie is now forever a part of history and an extremely powerful movement.
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