Kendrick Lamar receives yet another accolade in 2018.
It’s almost June and already rapper Kendrick Lamar has conquered 2018.
He has not only opened the Grammys and swept up more than a handful of the famous awards, but he’s also become the subject of an upcoming book about his short, yet stunning career, received the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album Damn., the first rap recipient in the awards’ history, accrued many other awards and even curated the soundtrack for Black Panther.
Now that soundtrack has surpassed expectations and reached platinum status.
According to XXL Mag, it was announced earlier this month by the Recording Industry Association of America that Black Panther: The Soundtrack had been certified platinum.
The soundtrack earned both platinum status and gold certification on May 10th.
This is a major feat for a soundtrack, especially with one as particular as this. Instead of going the traditional route for their films, Marvel Studios bent the rules and allowed Kendrick Lamar to see a portion of the film and let him curate a soundtrack entirely comprising original work from artists across the rap and hip-hop community.
Instead of relying on what worked previously, they took a chance and it more than paid off.
The soundtrack has already yielded three chart-topping singles, all of which feature Lamar, “All the Stars” featuring SZA, “Pray For Me” by The Weeknd and “King’s Dead” with James Blake, Future and Jay Rock.
When discussing the opportunity, Lamar said,
“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 is the second album Kendrick Lamar has had a hand in that has gone platinum in as many years. In 2017, his album Damn. was certified platinum within a month of its release.
Damn. went on to receive double platinum status by July of 2017.
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