Kendrick Lamar, Hip Hop’s diamond, just dropped the iconic “Black Panther” soundtrack and I’m writing this blog post as I listen to it for the first. I’m just going to dive right in… “X” featuring 2 Chainz, Schoolboy Q, and Saudi is sick. I’m trying to imagine how dope the movie is now that the soundtrack has proven that it is as wicked as it can be. Thanks to creative geniuses Kendrick Lamar, back are the days when ALL the tracks on an album are good, not just the 2 or 3 songs rotated on the radio. And the movie / soundtrack combination will go down in history and one of Hip Hop’s glorious moments.
When I saw that Vince Staples was listed on the project, I became even more excited. “Opps” by Vince Staples features Yugen Blakrok, the lyricist from Johannesburg. The duo is iconic and the production is next level. Jump down to “Paramedia” with SOB X RBE…oh lawd, this is one you will be rewinding over and over again, and I’m loving how the base drops. Now I’m listening to “Bloody Waters” and I’m losing my mind. And this is until ‘King’s Dead” plays. How can you top “King’s Dead” with Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake> How can you top this album?
“And particularly when it assembles such an intriguing musical cast: big names – the Weeknd, Vince Staples, Anderson.Paak – alongside relative unknown artists Mozzy, Babes Wodumo, SOB x RBE and South African vocalist Sjava singing in Zulu. Moreover, if you believe that Lamar is at the forefront of an impressive renaissance in hip-hop and R&B, a confluence of high-altitude artistry and righteous sociopolitical anger that harks back to the revered era that was bookended by the arrival of psychedelic soul and the rise of disco – an era in which soundtracks to films that expanded black representation in commercial cinema had an important part to play – then perhaps Black Panther is his Superfly, his Shaft,” states Guardian.
Then comes “Redemption”, the interlude and the song with Zacari and Babes Wodumo. Lamar extended an olive branch to an array individualistic artists. Top Dawg Entertainment and Kendrick Lamar-produced soundtrack for Black Panther includes Lamar writing credits on all 14 tracks, and he performs on five of them. Check out the album on Spotify
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