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Kendrick Lamar drives Black Panther:The Album to no.1

Lamar’s masterpiece

Black Panther: The Album made a impact.

The collection is expected to debut no. 1 debut on Billboard’s 200 albums chart. Released on Friday, February 9th, industry experts expect the album to do strong numbers.

Black Panther: The Album has Kendrick Lamar’s name all over it. Although the album only features five songs with Kendrick’s vocals, Lamar curated and produced the entire album alongside Top Dawg Entertainment’s chief executive officer Anthony Tiffith.

The first track on the album is Kendrick’s only solo song on the album. His other four other songs include a collaboration with SZA, a track with Jay Rock and Future, a song with Travis Scott, and a song with The Weeknd.

Other collabs that can be found on this album include  ScHoolboy Q with 2 Chainz and Saudi, Khalid with Swae Lee, Vince Staples with Yugen Blakrok,  Ab-soul with Anderson. Paak and James Blake, Zacari with Babes Wodumo, and Mozzy with Sjava and Reason.

Only a handful of artists have solos on this album in addition to Lamar, which include UK singer Jorja Smith, rap group SOB X RBE, and Zacari who was heavily featured on Lamar’s Grammy-winning album, DAMN on the song “Love.”

This was a huge breakout for previously small-time singer-songwriter.

Contributions from this myriad of up-and-coming artists in tandem with well-established ones make this album a one of a kind masterpiece. It’s quite exciting to be witness to Lamar using his talent and power for curation in a way that was less obvious on his previous albums. It seems Lamar has become the TDE godfather, not only to labelmates, but for many young talents looking for a way to share their voice.

Only time will tell what the fate of Black Panther: The Album is on the Billboard 200, but based on the album itself, there is no doubt the music will land itself a hot seat right up there at the top.

Listen: Black Panther: The Album

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