Black Panther is ready to not only to bless movie screens, but fans ears as well.
Riding high on his four Grammy’s win this past weekend, Kendrick Lamar graced the Twittersphere with his announcement of the Black Panther album.
Black Panther The Album 2/9 pic.twitter.com/MqhsEcj6iF
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 31, 2018
The album, which is set to be released on February 9th just days before the film’s release on the 15th, features a bevy of powerful African American artists. The brand new, original tracks are inspired by or featured in the film and feature tracks by The Weeknd, Khalid and Swae Lee, Sza, Travis Scott and more.
This marks the first soundtrack curation role for the rapper. He says of the film in a statement to Complex, “”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 [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.”
This collaboration is the first of its kind in the Marvel Universe and could create a new wave of opportunities for artists and studios similar to Marvel to work together.
Black Panther premiered Monday night in Los Angeles to a stream of ecstatic reviews for those lucky enough to be invited. The purple carpet, colored for royalty, was graced by many stunning celebrities in their finest. Early reviews believe this is both a politically charged and Bond-esque adventure. It’s the first POC lead film in the Marvel Universe; something that should have happened long ago.
The cast included Chadwick Basemen as Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan has his antagonist, Lupita Nyong’O, Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead, recently Oscar-nominated Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, among many others. The film picks up after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
The album will be released in stores on February 16th, but will be available on streaming services on the 15th.