The long awaited Black Panther Movie will finally release this Friday! The even more long awaited Black Panther Soundtrack released a week early, and did not disappoint. This album only confirms the hype for the most awaited Marvel movie yet.
TDE (Top Dawg Ent.) spared no expense with the new Black Panther album. The star studded tracklist included some of the record labels stand out artists such as SZA, Jay Rock, SchoolBoy Q and Kendrick Lamar himself. They pulled no punches with the features either and had many well known hip-hop artists of our time. Some notable talent included Future, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Mozzy, and the Bay Area group SOB X RBE.
Black Panther not only gives us the TDE sound that the public knows and loves, but even added some variety with even more prominent african american R&B artists. The smooth tunes of The Weeknd are coupled alongside Kendrick, resulting in a beautiful fusion of sound that can’t be matched. Anderson.Paak, Khalid, Jorja Smith, and Zacari are also some surprises to see on this album. The combination of hard rap and R&B create a perfect dichotomy that sings a song of pride in one’s culture and people.
The 14 soundtrack runs for 49 minutes, but with the smooth melodic tones, it hardly feels like it.
According to Apple Music, track nine, “King’s Dead” is a fan favorite so far. Given that it did come out before the rest of the album, that is to be expected. The vibrant beats and upbeat tempo keep you bouncing in your headphones and singing along with your friends. With features from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake, its almost impossible to skip over.
In track seven, “Paramedic!” featuring Kendrick Lamar and SOB X RBE, they bring out the undeniable gangsta that lies within the heart of Black Panther. Simultaneously it reminds everyone what the Black Panther stands for in America today. The struggle that black men face in America is truly addressed in this album.
For the Black community the Black Panther is not only a Marvel studio movie, but a symbol for the racial tension in America and other countries. This is a chance for the entire black community to unite and support something that is made by and for our people and all people. Undoubtedly, this is what makes it one of the most anticipated marvel movies of the year, second only to Infinity War.
Every song has a message and every artist tells it in their own unique and powerful way. If the film truly embodies the theme and spirit of the Black Panther Soundtrack, there is no doubt that it will be box office hit for years to come.