Grammy-winning superstar Kendrick Lamar will join forces with Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith to produce “Black Panther: The Album.”
The album will feature some of the film’s music, as well as other tracks inspired by “Black Panther.” Lamar and Tiffith are working closely with director Ryan Coogler on just the right sound for the film.
Kendrick Lamar, once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest rapper alive,” has been nominated for and won a number of Grammy Awards, and is currently a nominee for four Image Awards. He won two VMAs last year for his collaboration with Beyoncé on the song “Freedom,” and was also nominated for Outstanding Male Artist.
Coogler chose Lamar for the project, saying:
I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store.
Marvel Studios’Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. 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.
Top Dawg added:
Working on such a powerful movie is a great opportunity. We’re always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense.
“Black Panther” is the highly anticipated new film from Marvel Studios. First introduced in “Captain America: Civil War,” the film follows newest Avenger T’Challa. After the events of the Civil War, T’Challa finds that everything is not as he left it. His home, the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, faces its own civil unrest. After the death of his father, T’Challa finds himself in a fight to maintain his rightful place on the throne.
Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa. The cast also includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
“Black Panther” will be in theaters on February 16.