Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has shared his album of music from and inspired-by the Marvel film Black Panther. 

The hip hop artist produced and curated the 14-track record which boasts a wealth of featured artists including Vince Staples, Swae Lee, The Weeknd, SZA, Khalid, Jorja Smith, James Blake, Anderson .Paak and Zacari. 

It includes the single "All The Stars" ft. SZA, which was released earlier in the year, and "I Am", which features guest vocals from the Brit Awards Critics' Choice winner Jorja Smith. 

One of the standouts on the record is Travis Scott collaboration "Big Shot", produced by Cardo, who told HotNewHipHop: "That record is a banger. It's hard to describe. It's one of those records that as soon as you hear it in the club you're like: 'Oh shit. This is going up.' It got that bounce to it. 

"Of course, [Kendrick Lamar] and Travis coming in and doing what they have to do. It's for the clubs. It's for you to have a good time. It's for you to bounce around. It's fire."


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Lamar himself has said of the film: "Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I'm truly honoured to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel's vision."

Label Top Dawg added: "Working on such a powerful movie is a great opportunity. We're always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense."

The bulk of the soundtrack was recorded on Lamar's DAMN. tour last summer, with producer Sounwave telling NPR that the team came up with around 50 per cent of it - production, hooks, ideas - during that time. 


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