Compton rap kingpin Kendrick Lamar has today been announced as the producer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Black Panther film soundtrack. This will mark Kendrick’s first foray into film soundtracks, and to commemorate the announcement, a collaboration with Top Dawg Entertainment labelmate SZA, titled ‘All The Stars’ has been released.
NME reports that the track is part of a wider project, with Lamar linking up with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to curate, write, and produce unique music to the film. Kendrick will also be assisted by Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffin, the head of the rapper’s label.
A press release on the matter states that the two “will collaborate with Coogler directly in the creation of music specific to the needs of the film.”
Not only is this Kendrick’s first film project, but also marks the distinguished occasion of this being Marvel Studios’ first time utilising multiple original recordings created specifically for a film.
Fans have been anticipating such an announcement since the release of the video to Kendrick’s track ‘LOVE.’ back in December. A slate in the video= which you can see below- read ‘B. Panter Soundtrack Coming Soon.’
Both Lamar and Coogler have issued statements in regards to Kung-Fu Kenny’s involvement.
Coogler, who has previously directed Creed and the oustanding Fruitvale Station, said “I am honoured to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and [Top Dawg Entertainment] have in store.”
Kendrick adds to these sentiments, stating “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.”
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