Kendrick Lamar, ‘Black Panther the Album’ | Musical Wrap-Up
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After reviewing various teaser tracks and the original motion picture soundtrack to Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired By, we’ve compartmentalized our coverage into one place – our Musical Wrap-Up. Here, you will find all of our coverage for Black Panther the Album linked in one place.
Monthly Music Shopping List
Blurb: Black Panther: The Album is the second high-profile soundtrack to grace this month’s music shopping list. While Black Panther (the film) is definitely a big deal, the big attraction to the soundtrack is a key Grammy-winning rapper: Kendrick Lamar. Comprised of 14 tracks, “All the Stars” (Kendrick Lamar & SZA) and “King’s Dead” (Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake) were released in advance of the compilation.
Kendrick Lamar, Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired
Headline: Kendrick Lamar assembles an intriguing soundtrack for the critically-acclaimed film ‘Black Panther’ with ‘Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired.’
Verdict: 3 ½ out of 5 stars: “Some soundtracks struggle to be anything more than a soundtrack. Initially listening, this felt like it was a possibility for Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired By. Ultimately, that’s not the case. Yes, Blank Panther the Album suits its purpose as a soundtrack, but it also has replay quality beyond supporting the film. Easily the teaser tracks “All the Stars,” “King’s Dead,” and “Pray for Me” stand tall on their own outside the confines of the album.”
Individual Track Reviews
The Musical Hype also penned reviews for all of the teaser tracks that arrived in advance of Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired By. The reviews are linked below, as well as a summarization of our thoughts on those singles.
1. Kendrick Lamar & SZA, “All the Stars”
Headline: Kendrick Lamar and SZA join forces for the enjoyable, well-rounded “All the Stars,” the promo single from the soundtrack to ‘Black Panther.’
Verdict: 3 ½ out of 5 stars: “While ‘All the Stars’ isn’t transcendent, it’s enjoyable, pleasant, and well-rounded.”
2. Jay Rock, “King’s Dead”
Ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake
Headline: Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake join forces for hard-nosed banger “King’s Dead,” the second single from the highly anticipated ‘Black Panther: The Album.’
Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars: “Ultimately, the end result for ‘King’s Dead’ is simply, BANGER. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake all nail their respective roles. Twon Beatz, 30 Roc, Teddy Walton, and Mike WiLL Made-It stitch up the track superbly with their production.”
3. The Weeknd, “Pray for Me”
Ft. Kendrick Lamar
Headline: Ahead of ‘Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired By,’ the third advance single, “Pray for Me,” was issued. It comes courtesy of The Weeknd assisted by Kendrick Lamar.
Verdict: 3 ½ out of 5 stars: “Ultimately, ‘Pray for Me’ is another solid advance track from Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired By. It’s enjoyable by all means. This isn’t a game changing moment from either The Weeknd or Kendrick Lamar, but it’s certainly worthwhile.”