UPDATED: January 4, 2017
2018 is already off to a hell of a start, with forthcoming movie and music releases having anticipations high. Case-in-point, the recently unveiled news of a fully TDE-produced Black Panther soundtrack.
Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith offering up their talents to help director Ryan Coogler's monstrous Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman-starred film come to life.
"Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director," Kendrick said in a press release, via The Verge. "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."
The announcement comes alongside a new collaborative track from TDE labelmates SZA and Kendrick "All The Stars." This is the film's second single after Vic Mensa's "BagBak" in October of 2017. Peep the new track below:
Original Article Below:
The excitement for Marvel's newest live-action film is at an all time high with legions of culture and comic fans excitedly awaiting the release of the Black Panther. The Michael B. Jordan-starred and Ryan Coogler-directed feature just received a new jolt of excitement, however, with the announcement that Kendrick Lamar will be recording an original track for the film.
After the October release of "Bagbak" by Chitown rapper Vince Staples, LA's own K.Dot has just dropped an easter egg hinting at his inclusion in the forthcoming Black Panther soundtrack as well. Kendrick's latest music video for track "LOVE" features a foreboding scene where we can see hands bringing a director's clapperboard into frame which features texting reading, "B. Panther Soundtrack Coming Soon."
Naturally, Lamar’s inclusion in Black Panther only makes sense. Those who attended Marvel’s San Diego Comic-Con panel earlier this year may have foreseen the collaboration.
The exclusive clip Marvel brought along for fans to view included a trailer set to Lamar’s “DNA"– popular among the kids as well as the seasoned crowd for being an anthem about rising up and standing proud in the face of oppression.
“The lyrics are amazing — a lot of Kendrick's are," Coogler told the Los Angeles Times in July. "It's actually oddly literal for our trailer's purposes — and I think a lot of the cultural things we're dealing with in Wakanda are in the zeitgeist in the African American community.”
He continues: "You're talking about a world that would exist if the Egyptians were never conquered, if Sumeria was never conquered and was allowed to progress — that's what Wakanda is."
It doesn't take a film critic to read between the lines here, so we all need to get collectively prepared for a new fire track from Kung Fu Kenny to snatch our wigs while also nuourishing our souls in anticipations of Black Panther's February 16 release date.
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