The full set of tracks included in the official Black Panther album has been released, alongside its cover art, by producer Kendrick Lamar. It was December when we caught wind that the award-winning musician will be involved in creating a fitting soundtrack for the Ryan Coogler-directed and Chadwick Boseman-starring Marvel movie. Little did we know that he will actually produce the whole thing.
Marvel films aren't exactly new to outstanding soundtracks (not so much with themes though). The first Iron Man's opening scene was made better by AC/DC's "Back in Black," Thor: Ragnarok's fight sequences were intensified by Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," and of course, the Guardians of the Galaxy films are chockfull of nostalgic '70s and '80s songs that bode well with its retro feel. However, Black Panther is the first film from the franchise that actually has a high profile musician devoted to working on an album specifically for the movie. With that in mind, it's understandable that the album is getting almost the same traction as the blockbuster.
Just a couple of days after the world premiere of Black Panther in Los Angeles, Lamar has unveiled the complete set of tracks included in the film's OST titled Black Panther: The Album. Posting it on his official Twitter account, we now know that on top of the previously released "All The Stars," a collaboration with SZA, there are 13 more songs in the set with a few other musicians coming in to participate in the project such as Travis Scott, The Weeknd, and Future. The upload also includes our first look on the album's cover art, you can check out the post below.
Black Panther The Album 2/9 pic.twitter.com/MqhsEcj6iF— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 31, 2018
While this is not the first time that a big shot musician is attached to a big blockbuster, Lamar's work on the Black Panther album has some huge potential to draw accolades from various award-giving bodies this year. Unlike other pairings who were paired for the sake of being paired, the brand of music that the singer/songwriter is definitely in tune with the kind of message that Coogler film promulgates. Both works are politically and socially-charged and the 30-year-old wouldn't really have to venture that far from his wheelhouse to craft a fitting soundtrack for one of Marvel's most-anticipated standalone flicks.
Two weeks before it hits theaters around the country, excitement for Black Panther is only getting more intense. Its box office projections are impressive with the flick tracking to pocket $120 million during its opening weekend – surpassing even last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s $117 million tally in its own opening. More recently, it is reported that it is outpacing every superhero movie's record when it comes to ticket presales. With the great word of mouth out from the various junket screenings and premiere, coupled with the hype that comes with the Lamar-produced OST coming out on February 9, there is a good chance that opening numbers for the movie will still increase as days goes by.
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