Kendrick Lamar and various artists teamed up to create the “Black Panther” album

Kendrick Lamar’s “Black Panther” album serves as the soundtrack to the new superhero movie.


Zach Zemen

BSM students enjoy the newly released “Black Panther” album. Kendrick Lamar and other artists provide a soundtrack for the movie.

Luke Mathwig, Staff Writer

Kendrick Lamar has recently teamed up with the creators of the movie “Black Panther” to create one of the most popular and hyped movie soundtracks of the year. The movie features actors Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, all of whom wanted a more in-depth sound to the movie to create an enclosed feeling within the film.

Lamar  released the album cover on Twitter which sparked excitement among album and movie critics across the nation. The album features 14 tracks and several well-known artists including Khalid, Swae Lee, The Weeknd, and many more.

The artists featured in the album parallels the cast of the movie with predominantly black artists. This was done to emphasize the importance of representing black artists and actors in today’s society.

The album includes a vast variety of sounds which gives the album a very unique place in the Marvel soundtrack universe. While comparing this album to other Marvel soundtracks which include mostly rock and pop, you can hear the difference in sounds and instruments because there is more Rap and Hip Hop.

The album reached number 1 in the Billboard’s top 200 list and is expected to reach the top of other lists including Spotify and Apple Music. The last soundtrack that did this well was the Suicide Squad’s album, which sold 182,000 albums compared to Black Panther’s 154,000.

The director of the movie, Ryan Coogler, wanted to make the songs he used in the movie fit perfectly with what was happening in the scenes. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” is used as the final song in the movie which perfectly wraps up the film. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s music video for their hit song “All the Stars” gave the audience a stunning visual of the world of Wakanda. The video includes clothes and dances used in the movie which ties the two together.

The film’s composer Ludwig Göransson had a huge input on what tracks would make it into the movie. Göransson agreed with Coogler to include Kendrick in the soundtrack because he has done previous work with songs of this caliber. Göransson also chose Lamar because he believed that Lamar will help with the feeling of kingship and independence in the movie.