We’ve gone over every possible detail on the upcoming MCU film Black Panther whenever a new trailer or TV spot or any other information came up. This latest bit of news will, for a fresh change, not primarily concern either the movie plot or its star, but rather its music.
Marvel Studios is working together with TDE Entertainment to develop an official soundtrack release for Black Panther, but this project will entail more than just a collection of background orchestration and songs inserted during scenes or the credits. The album will also include music “inspired by” the heavily-anticipated superhero film.
To this end, Marvel and TDE are taking on Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and rapper Kendrick Lamar, who performed the movie soundtrack’s lead single “All the Stars” alongside SZA, to both produce and curate the music for Black Panther: The Album. Theirs is a powerful tandem of a Billboard Magazine Executive of the Year and a Grammy Award-winning music artist.
It’s a first for Lamar, nicknamed “The Greatest Rapper Alive” by Rolling Stone, to write, produce, perform and curate music for a major film like Black Panther. He and Tiffith will work together with director Ryan Coogler in that respect.
Already Black Panther: The Album is garnering plenty of attention on the music scene, being perceived as a potentially groundbreaking fusion of a film soundtrack and a rap concept album. One needs only to remember the “revolution will not be” lines punctuating past trailers to know how awesome that sounds.
Remember that Black Panther premieres worldwide on February 16. Avengers: Infinity War follows on May 4, and Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6. Future MCU installments include 2019’s Captain Marvel, Avengers 4 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, while 2020 so far has Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 scheduled.