With Marvel’s highly-anticipated “Black Panther” movie hitting the big screen nationwide next week, Top Dawg Entertainment releases the star-studded ‘Black Panther: The Album’, which draws inspiration from the movie and was curated by the label.
Aligning all the all-stars, the 14-track soundtrack includes some of hip-hop and R&B’s biggest acts like Kendrick Lamar on five tracks, TDE’s first lady SZA, TDE members ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul. Other artists that make appearances are The Weeknd, Future, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Swae Lee, Khalid, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak, Mozzy, Jorja Smith, Zacari, amongst others.
The film’s director Ryan Coogler praised Kendrick and his music saying he had been trying to track him down for years and “Eventually I caught up with him a couple years ago,” and from there they brought the Compton rapper in to watch part of the film. After soaking in some of the movie Kung-Fu Kenny got right to work.
According to K. Dot’s top producer, Sounwave, the soundtrack was put together during most of “The DAMN. Tour.”
Much of the soundtrack came together during “The DAMN. Tour,” according to Kung Fu Kenny’s trusted producer Sounwave. “[During] ‘The DAMN. Tour,’ we probably came up with 50 percent of it—the production, the hooks and ideas,” he said. “When we got back from the tour in September, that’s when we were able to execute our ideas and reach out to people we respect and whatnot … kind of just put the stamp on it. So, I want to say those two months was the most vital on that tour, in terms of creative process.”