One thing I forgot to mention in my review of Marvel’ Black Panther – something I regret not putting in – is the fact that the music is an excellent complement to the superhero film. Produced by Kendrick Lamar, the soundtrack is easily one of the most anticipated Marvel soundtracks to date. Probably because it’s one of the few that is worthwhile.
So if you want to take a listen, then I suggest you check out the Spotify embed here below for clips; the full soundtrack is streaming through the Spotify app.
In our previous report, director Ryan Coogler said he handpicked Lamar to be the film’s soundtrack producer. He said that the hip-hop artist was inspirational and that his “artistic themes align with those we explore in the film.”
“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.”
Indeed, one of the themes that are explored in the film is culture. And a lot of what we see in the film mirrors what you will hear in the soundtrack. Of course, it’s nothing like what Guardians of the Galaxy is going for, which is a good thing, because it allows the Black Panther soundtrack to stand out.
It’s important to know that this isn’t exactly a family-friendly soundtrack. There is some explicit language that is included in it. That being said, it is a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has been known to have a mixed bag of soundtracks.
I especially love the “Pray For Me” track by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. There is something so soulful about it, and you’ll get to hear it in the film. However, it should be noted that not all of the songs will appear in the film. A lot of it is inspired by it though, and when added to Ludwig Göransson’s orchestral score it makes for a very interesting and yet satisfying mix.
You can keep up with everything that has been going on with Black Panther here, and don’t forget to check out the film when it opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.