Black Panther soundtrack: every bit as good as the movie itself


Lexi Kava, Entertainment Editor

On February 16 of this year, one of the biggest movies of the year hit theatres, Marvel’s the Black Panther. Since its release, it has broken countless cultural barriers, exceeded box office revenue expectations, and started a revolution that spread like wildfire across the world. However, it’s not just the movie that’s being globally loved, the Black Panther album has also been critically acclaimed for its creative and relevant soundtracks.

Kendrick Lamar is the major artist featured in this album, but he is accompanied by many other phenomenal artists like SZA, the Weekend, and more. The album is the perfect mixture of both modern day black culture through rap and african tribal sounds as well. Both areas perfectly suit the Black Panther movie, which is a mixture of tribal African and modern day African American culture.

One of the most famous songs in the album was the movie after-credit song “All The Stars,” sung by SZA and Kendrick Lamar. It is a fantastic song that not only brings the perfect message to match the movie, but also has a really great dance beat. The music video showcases African culture and beautiful effects. It also incorporates hints and tributes to the Black Panther movie.

Another big track on the album was “Pray for Me,” which is sung by Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend. Powerful and with a great beat, this track has, along with “All the Srars,” have reached prominent places on the Billboard charts. The track discusses issues in the world like violence and poverty, but also can be seen in the movie to be showcasing Erik Killmonger’s (Played by Michael B. Jordan) personal struggles through the Black Panther movie. It gave a powerful message about certain areas in the world that are crumbling apart from violence and hate. 

The Black Panther album has so many more fantastic songs from King’s Dead (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake), to I Am (Jorja Smith), this album is definitely one you need to pick up.