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Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar rule the world in “King’s Dead”

How to flip a “hundo”

Future and James Blake shut down wall street.

The Black Panther soundtrack is no. 1 on the charts right now. After Kendrick Lamar and SZA dropped the first song from the soundtrack “All the Stars” last week and the release of the film just a day away, it was only right that another track was dropped.

“King’s Dead” by Jay Rock features the hardest working man in rap right now Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. The video is directed by Dave Free and the little homies, who also directed Kendrick in the track above from Black Panther, but instead of a stark, visually appealing homage to the many facets of African culture, this video veers in another direction.

The video opens with Kendrick and Rock rapping at the top of palm trees and then bounces between home videos, a brokerage firm, a barber shop, each rapper atop a tall building and other various spots. The treatment almost feels like a mashup of Wolf of Wall Street and Cloverfield. 

Towards the end of the song, the beat and tone changes and has Kendrick playing an extremely dangerous game of red light, green light in heavy traffic.

And while the video might seem like a shift from the tone of the film, one set of lyrics stands out as being particularly relevant to Black Panther.

My name gonna hold up/My team gonna hold up/My shots on fire

The character of Black Panther was seen as an outsider in Captain America: Civil War, but he’s out to prove in this film that he’s an asset and the name Black Panther will be just as important as that of Captain America and Iron Man, that his team can surpass each of theirs.

Black Panther hits theaters February 16th. The album is available for streaming now.

Listen: Black Panther Soundtrack

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