Black Panther the Album Matches the Greatness of the Movie

Black Panther the Album Matches the Greatness of the Movie

Dylan Patton, Staff Writer

Black Panther, the newest Marvel movie, has found great box office success and critical acclaim. While the movie is great, socially relevant, and impactful, the soundtrack, produced by Kendrick Lamar, is one of the best movie soundtracks I have heard personally.

While I may have a bias as a Kendrick Lamar fan, the reviews for the movie and album are similar. Black Panther has an 88 on Metacritic, and the album has an 84. Kendrick Lamar, known for being unapologetically pro black, is a very good compliment to the social issues explored in the movie. The various artists featured on the album also add to the power and popularity of the album.

The album features artists from Africa, such as Saudi and Yugen Blakrok. The songs the two feature on, “X” and “Opps,” benefit from their South African style and influence. Along with these relatively unknown artists, many highly popular artists feature as well, including Future, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Swae Lee, and Khalid. The album also features frequent collaborators, label mates, and artists from Lamar’s home state also feature on the album and arguably have the best songs on the album. SOB x RBE’s song “Paramedic!” is personally my favorite song on the album, and Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead” has gained massive popularity since its release. “Pray for Me” and “All the Stars” have continued to stay on the Billboard top 100.

The star power, energy, and passion in the Black Panther Album will insure it goes down as one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time.