Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By

Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By

by Kendrick LamarKendrick Lamar


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A culturally momentous film directed by a black man, featuring a black lead actor and a predominantly black supporting cast, Marvel Studios' Black Panther is augmented with an album powered by Kendrick Lamar. It's an unprecedented convergence of the mainstream film industry with an uncompromising musician thriving commercially and artistically. Director Ryan Coogler sought Lamar out to contribute to the album, but the artist ended up involved with every track, credited in varying combinations as headliner, featured artist, co-songwriter, and co-producer, with long-term producer Sounwave a factor in all but three cuts. Subtitled "Music from and Inspired By," this is not a soundtrack in the strictest sense. Indeed, a significant portion of the content -- from whole tracks like the Travis Scott turn "Big Shot," to the part where Future quotes Juicy J's "Slob on My Knob" -- has no relation to the film, though there's a reflectively militant quality to a high percentage of the verses. Elements that are alternately obvious and subtle, including tribal-futuristic drums, audio-logo-like mentions of character names, and ululations (the last instance via the Weeknd on the despairing but proud finale), are threaded throughout to maintain the connection. They frame Lamar, a central figure as he proclaims his sovereign rank and examines its pitfalls -- not a stretch for him. The set has a major crossover single bid in the form of "All the Stars," an elegantly crafted SZA showcase that sounds at once like a defiant hero's anthem and a love theme. Another canny aspect in the album's assemblage is its inclusion of several artists from South Africa. The most notable appearance is made by Yugen Blakrok, "half-machine" Johannesburg native who boasts of "crushing any system that belittles us," references Millie Jackson, and leaves a pile of smoldering rubble in her wake. Lamar also enlists England's Jorja Smith and James Blake, and a Stateside crew that includes Mozzy, Ab-Soul, and Anderson Paak, as well as SOB x RBE, who, like Coogler, represent the Bay Area. Given the level of the performances, the majority of the guests evidently approached this as a Kendrick Lamar album, not as a soundtrack. Black Panther: The Album serves both purposes well.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2018
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602567364306
catalogNumber: 002797202
Rank: 8324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kendrick Lamar   Primary Artist
James Blake   Keyboards
Rob Gueringer   Bass,Guitar
Zacari   Vocals
Bekon   Strings
Rascal   Sampling
Knukuth   Sampling
Samrawit Hailu   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Riley   Composer
Martin McKinney   Composer
Jimmy Cash   Engineer
Graham Harris   Composer
Anthony "TOPDAWG" Tiffith   Composer,Executive Producer
Robert Gill   Composer
Brock Korsan   Composer
Robin Hannibal   Producer
Ludwig Goransson   Composer,Producer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
James Hunt   Engineer
Frank Dukes   Producer
Shuckburgh   Composer
James Blake   Composer
Shux   Producer
Max Perry   Engineer
Jabbar Brown   Composer
!llmind   Producer
Vince Staples   Composer
DJ Dahi   Producer
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Kendrick Lamar   Producer,Executive Producer,Artwork
Cardo   Producer
Sounwave   Producer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Dave Free   Artwork
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
Johnny McKinzie   Composer
Eric Manco   Engineer
Robin Braun   Composer
Kurtis McKenzie   Composer
LMNZ   Engineer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Tim Gomringer   Composer
Kevin Gomringer   Composer
Tauheed Epps   Composer
Cubeatz   Producer
Mandla Maphumulo   Composer,Engineer
Timothy Patterson   Composer
Abel Tesfaye   Composer
Ramon Ibanga   Composer
Quincy Hanley   Composer
Alexander Sowinski   Composer
BadBadNotGood   Producer
Chester Hansen   Composer
Adam Feeney   Composer
Doc McKinney   Producer
Shin Kamiyama   Engineer
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Mark Spears   Composer
Jacques Webster   Composer
Michael Law Thomas   Engineer
Joshua Smith   Engineer
Matthew Tavares   Composer
Matt Schaeffer   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Leland Whitty   Composer
Solana Rowe   Composer
Khalif Brown   Composer
Herbert Anthony Stevens   Composer
Teddy Walton   Composer,Producer
Ronald LaTour   Composer
Sam Ricci   Engineer
Samuel Gloade   Composer
Jorja Smith   Composer
Zacari   Engineer
Khalid Robinson   Composer
Zacari Pacaldo   Composer
Vladimir Sepetov   Artwork
Tobias Breuer   Composer
Juwon Lee   Composer
Bongekile Simelane   Composer
Hykeem Carter   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Anele Mbisha   Composer
Antwon Thompson Hicks   Composer
Wayman Barrow   Composer
Troy Chester   Composer
Aaron Bow   Additional Production
Nolan Presley   Engineer
Ruff Nkosi   Engineer
Nevin J. Thomas   Engineer
Mike Sonnier   Engineer
Mark Lowe   Engineer

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