We’ve been blessed again with another gift and that is The Black Panther Album. The album had high anticipation since it was announced that Kendrick Lamar was producing it with Anthony Tiffith. I have to say this album really did meet expectations after listening to it a few times. With the growing momentum around the Black Panther movie, I’m pretty sure there is going to be negative reactions towards this album because of the artists on the album but overall it turned out better than I expected it to. The album has great replay value and introduced me to a few new artists I’ve never heard before.
The album features SZA, Jorja Smith, Schoolboy Q, Khalid, Swae Lee, Zacari and more, Kendrick is on every track either he’s on a verse, chorus or just doing all the ad-libs. The tracklist below shows all the artist featured on the album and a lot of artists are from the TDE family which is a good look for his team and some of my favorite artists are on this album and from TDE label which sounds like a win to me. I already have a few favorites on my first list and “X” is my absolute favorite and I believe it’s going to be a fan favorite since it’s really that hot of a track with Kendrick on the hook and Q and 2 Chainz verses.
Black Panther: The Album Tracklist
- 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 – Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
- Redemption Interlude – Zacari
- Redemption – Zacari & Babes Wodumo
- Seasons – Mozzy, Sjava & Reason
- Big Shot – Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott
- Pray For Me – Kendrick Lamar & The Weeknd
While listening to the album I had a few moments where I thought the songs were very specific for some of the Black Panther character. The track “Opps” is definitely how T’challa feels every time Bucky is seen or talked about in Civil War, listening to the chorus that was literally my only thought and I’m running with it. Even in Civil War T’Challa didn’t play when it came to Bucky, Hands on deck every time they saw each other and this track is the embodiment of that mood, I also feel this way about the chorus on “Paramedic!” too. Next track “The Ways” is most definitely about Shuri and no one can tell me anything different, she’s power girl because of the fact she creates all this amazing technology and Black Panthers suit! Shuri is our Power Girl.
I did have some mixed feelings when the first three tracks were released. One of the three tracks was King’s Dead and that’s the song where Future does that La-dee-da high-pitched voice thing he did and the internet went wild with it. I really wasn’t feeling it at all and had so many questions as to why was this on the track and now I’m just laughing every time this part comes us because I think of these videos. I swear I thought it was a joke until I verified that really what he did on this track. I wish someone would answer the WHY!? of all my questions.