“Black Panther” Tracklist

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“Black Panther” Tracklist

Iyana Jones, Staff Writer

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Marvel’s highly anticipated movie Black Panther, just dropped its soundtrack, and no one was ready. Kendrick Lamar teased the photo of the soundtrack on his Instagram to the glee of all of his followers and everyone waiting for the movie’s release.

The vibe of the movie just based off of the soundtrack is fierce and empowering. Black Panther has pulled together a blend of music’s best creators to make an album that was cohesive with the movie and its themes. Marvel films have always featured mostly white casts, and Black Panther is one of the first to break that trope. With actors such as Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, and Angela Bassett, the film has put black people at center stage. Including mostly black artists on its tracklist, the movie and album are quite in sync.

The genre of the album is a mix of hard hitting hip hop with R and B undertones. It also pulls from African influences which is befitting of the movie that takes place in an imaginary African nation. The overarching theme of the album is confidence and being a king of your own right. Black Panther pulled no stops in ensuring that this album portrayed the same 2017 favorites SZA and Khalid, both snubbed by this year’s Grammys, make appearances on the album. Newcomers such as Jorja Smith and Sjava get to stand alongside established artists such as Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and The Weeknd.

The clear staple of the album is the one and only Kendrick Lamar. Lamar is on five of the fourteen tracks on the album, more than any other artist. After sweeping the Grammys with his five wins, 2018 just seems to be his year and we are all just living in it.Black Panther is one of 2018’s most awaited projects and with this soundtrack, the wait feels even longer. Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16th.