Marvel has tasked Kendrick Lamar with curating the soundtrack to Black Panther, which hits theaters this February. And the first song is out now!
The decision to hire Lamar was made by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler himself, with several original songs being written for the album. In a press release, Marvel says Lamar is collaborating with Coogler “directly in the creation of music specific to the needs of the film.” This is the first time that Marvel will “integrate multiple original recordings created specifically for the film.”
It was also announced today that the Black Panther album’s lead single is an original called “All The Stars,” featuring Kendrick Lamar and SZA. Listen to it below:
“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,” said Coogler.
Lamar added, “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.”
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. It hits theaters February 16.