The Weeknd, ‘Pray for Me’ | Track Review
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.
Black Panther (the film) is “the talk of the town.” Likewise, Black Panther the Album Music from and Inspired By ranks among the most highly-anticipated album releases of February 2018. Helmed by three heavyweights – Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and SZA – it’s no surprise music enthusiasts are excited. A third track reveal, “Pray for Me,” only amplifies the buzz. It arrives courtesy of The Weeknd assisted by Kendrick Lamar.
“Pray for Me” commences with distorted synths. Soon after, anchoring drum programming enters, adding stability. The Weeknd delivers clear, commanding vocals, flaunting his radiant tone. Following a strong first verse, he continues serving up top-rate vocals on the chorus. “Pray for Me” grows even more exciting with the entrance of Kendrick Lamar on the second verse. As always, K-Dot is on-point dropping agile rhymes that are perfectly suited for the production. Later, the bridge provides a slight contrast to the verses and chorus. Even so, it’s clear that it was derived from the rest of the song.
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. Does it transcend its soundtrack status? Only time will tell.