Ahead of maybe the most anticipated movie of the year Lamar and TDE presents the soundtrack to the most anticipated movie of the year with The Black Panther: The Album which has songs inspired by or featured in the Marvel film.
The 14-track album, curated by Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg, has features from some of today’s top R&B and hip-hop artists including Kendrick Lamar who appears on five songs. Artists like SZA, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, The Weeknd, Travis School, 2 Chainz, and others contributed their voices to make one of the greatest soundtracks I’ve ever heard with Sounwave and Kendrick coming up with the most concept and sound for the album.
The Feel and Sound of The Black Panther Album
It is exciting to finally see more artist-curated projects after Drake released More Life. The feel of curated projects feels more intimate. I feel like Kendrick was the right person to put life into this project. His essence in itself just screams black power and Black Panther.
My Standout Tracks
There aren’t too many tracks on the album I didn’t really fall in love with, but there are some that I am addicted to listening to. One of the biggest tracks on the album is the lead track “All The Stars”. The track features Kendrick Lamar and SZA and defines the album. When the song starts and SZA sing’s the hook, you can just feel the power and strength of her voice. It is so powerful it gives you the chills right before Kendrick comes in. In his verse, Kendrick opens up about how his strength comes from within instead of any other outside source.
“The Ways” featuring Khalid and Swae Lee is my second favorite track on the album. With the laid-back production of BADBADNOTGOOD, the duo perfectly rode the beat talking about that “power girl” in their lives. “Big Shot!” is probably the most popular song on the album right. It features Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd’s “Pray For Me” now serves as the album’s second single. It is being featured in the movie’s latest trailers and commercials.
Overall the soundtrack is wonderfully curated and is among the top soundtracks I’ve ever heard. I hope future movies will have accompanying soundtracks curated by artists. It definitely gives you a better feel for the movie than just random songs being collected and placed together.