Kendrick Lamar didn’t win the 2017 album of the year at the Grammys, but he’s about to put out the most highly-anticipated soundtrack of 2018.
The Compton rapper on Wednesday released the cover art and tracklist for “Black Panther: The Album,” which comes out Feb. 9. (See the tracklist in its entirety below). The album features artists such as Future, SZA, 2 Chainz and Vince Staples. James Blake appears on two songs, and Lamar is on five.
And, despite the rumors fueled by her Grammy ceremony attire, Beyoncé’s name doesn’t appear on tracklist. (Although the track titled “Redemption Interlude” doesn’t include a name. Hm.).
“Black Panther,” which hits theaters Feb. 16, takes place in the mythical African nation of Wakanda. In the movie, Wakanda has never been colonized and is the most technologically-advanced country in the world, but those advances are little-known outside of its borders. Despite its fictional location, the filmmakers have incorporated real cultural references — for instance, you’ll hear some isiXhosa, spoken in parts of South Africa.
The soundtrack, produced by Lamar and record label chief Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, features several South African artists, including Babes Wodumo, Sjava, Saudi, Reason and Yugen Blakrok.
According to a Marvel release, director Ryan Coogler chose Lamar to produce and curate the soundtrack, and the group closely collaborated over creating music specifically to meet the film’s needs. This is the first time that Marvel “will integrate multiple original recordings created specifically for the film,” the release stated.
“The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture,” Lamar said in a release. “I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”
Full reviews of “Black Panther” are under embargo until Feb. 6, but after the movie’s premiere, several critics and big-name celebrities went bonkers on Twitter over how much they were blown away by the superhero movie, which stars a predominantly black cast.
“Black Panther: The Album”
“Black Panther,” Kendrick Lamar
“All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“X,” Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, Saudi
“The Ways,” Khalid, Swae Lee
“Opps,” Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok
“I Am,” Jorja Smith
“Paramedic!,” SOB x RBE
“Bloody Waters,” AB-Soul, Anderson Paak, James Blake
“King’s Dead,” Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake
“Redemption,” Zacari, Babes Wodumo
“Seasons,” Mozzy, Sjava, Reason
“Big Shot,” Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott
“Pray for Me,” The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar