He teams up with SZA on the new soundtrack number.
Kendrick Lamar has dropped the very first song from the 'Black Panther' soundtrack this week, with the very exciting 'All The Stars' featuring SZA. It's a powerful number; soaring and ethereal, and perfect for this new superhero addition to the Marvel universe.
Kendrick Lamar at the MTV VMAs
If 2017 wasn't quite enough of an exceptional year for with the release of Kendrick's number one fourth album 'Damn' and his collaboration with SZA on 'Doves in the Wind' from the latter's stellar debut album 'Ctrl', it looks like 2018 is set to be even better as he helms the soundtrack to the next Marvel blockbuster.
'Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director', Kendrick said in a statement obtained by Pitchfork. 'The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I'm truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel's vision.'
'All The Stars' was produced by Anthony Tiffith of Top Dawg Entertainment and marks the first song of the movie's soundtrack. The movie, directed and written by Ryan Coogler, stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular Black Panther aka T'Challa; the heir to the throne of the technologically advanced African nation Wakanda. Kendrick made reference to the movie in the video for his song 'LOVE'.
The film also stars Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o. On the other side of the musical spectrum, however, Ludwig Göransson composed the film score with inspiration from Senegal and South Africa.
Last year, Kendrick Lamar earned an American Music Award, a BET Award (plus four BET Hip Hop prizes), and was even nominated for another Grammy for the song 'Freedom' with Beyoncé and his work on her album 'Lemonade'.
'Black Panther' is set to hit theatres on February 16th 2018, while the soundtrack is set to arrive a week earlier on February 9th.