Kendrick Lamar produced and co-curated the soundtrack of new Marvel flick Black Panther.
The seven-time Grammy Award winner was picked for the project by the film’s director Ryan Coogler, and as well as producing the soundtrack, he also recorded track All the Stars with R&B star SZA for the album.
Kendrick is joined by his record label boss at Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) Anthony Tiffith in selecting songs for the album, which will feature music from and inspired by the movie.
.@KendrickLamar, @DangerooKipawaa, and @TopDawgEnt will curate and produce "#BlackPanther: The Album, Music from and Inspired by the Film," including lead single “All the Stars” by @SZA. Listen to the single now: https://t.co/pJK4gClaGZ pic.twitter.com/wY0gs9a3SV
— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) January 4, 2018
“Marvel Studios‘ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Kendrick said in a press release. “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 Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”
The rapper’s work on the soundtrack follows the success of his acclaimed 2017 album DAMN., which soared straight to the top of the charts and earned him seven Grammy nominations.
Black Panther, which is released next month (Feb18), is the first superhero blockbuster to feature a predominantly African–American cast, with Chadwick Boseman playing the title character, a hero whose alter-ego T’Challa is the king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
Explaining why he wanted to collaborate with Kendrick, Ryan added: “I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store.”
Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis co-star in the new Marvel adventure.