The Black Panther soundtrack has only been out for a few days now, and it’s already receiving rave reviews thanks to its chart-topping producer, Kendrick Lamar.
The hype for Black Panther is real. It’s been real since we caught our first glimpse of Wakanda last summer in the first trailer for the movie. The rave early reviews have only added to the hype. But, for me at least, the hard-hitting Black Panther soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, is what made the waiting unbearable. Just the mere announcement of the album and its producer was enough to to make me deposit all my money directly into Kevin Feige’s bank account.
Produced by Kendrick Lamar, the Black Panther soundtrack has everything that personifies the fictional nation of Wakanda and its people. Wakandans are proud, to say the least. They are proud of their culture, their art, their tradition. And Kendrick has done an excellent job conveying these themes throughout the album, while still keeping things cohesive with his signature sound and themes. But Wakanda’s and Kendrick’s styles never clash or drown each other out. They mesh perfectly.
And that’s precisely why director Ryan Coogler tabbed one of hip-hop’s greatest to curate, produce, write, and rhyme on the Black Panther soundtrack. “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 in the press release.
Just like the movie has a star-studded cast, the Black Panther soundtrack does as well. Kendrick collaborated with some of the hottest names in R&B and hip-hop right now. Check out the tracklist below and marvel at the star power the album packs.
- “Black Panther,” performed by Kendrick Lamar
- “All the Stars,” performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
- “X,” performed by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, and Saudi
- “The Ways,”performed by Khalid and Swae Lee
- “Opps,” performed by Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok
- “I Am,” performed by Jorja Smith
- “Paramedic!”performed by SOB x RBE
- “Bloody Waters,” performed by Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak and James Blake
- “Kings Dead,” performed by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake
- “Redemption Interlude”
- “Redemption,” performed by Zicari and Babes Wodumo
- “Seasons,” performed by Mozzy, Sjava and Reason
- “Big Shot,” performed by Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott
- “Pray For Me,” performed by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar
Without even listening to the album, you can tell that every track packs a huge punch. Which isn’t all to surprising, considering that Kendrick’s fingerprints are all over the whole album. Even though he’s not on every song, he is the lead writer for them.