Last week, the good folks at Top Dawg Entertainment pressed the button & released to the world the soundtrack of the blackity black superhero movie, Marvel’s Black Panther. Expectations were set on a high as the curator of the soundtrack is Kendrick Lamar.
At first, he was featured on a few songs but after watching most of the movie, he was convinced to do the whole album himself with help of some of his US, UK and SA connects. Follow this track-by-track review to find out if the vision in Kendrick’s mind was executed properly.
The first single of the album & the pop-ish vibes are likely why it was selected. It’s got SZA who is on her element and Kendrick gives a good verse, but it does not connect fully. Maybe the expectation of a Kendrick & SZA collab was too high. However, it does not sound corny, which I can appreciate.
This is, without any doubt, my favourite cut off this album. Sjava really set the tone for this woozy, laid-back production. I felt it when he said that in the streets down South, you’re old when you turn 35 years. Mozzy did the good things with his drawling convo-rap flow about his streets. Reason rounds things up addressing on the inequalities faced Stateside with a lot of hunger & pain in his voice.