One of the numerous aspects that have turned Marvel’s Black Panther into the cultural phenomenon that it has become is the soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album curated by Grammy Award-winning rapper, Kendrick Lamar.
Lamar, the acclaimed rapper behind good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly and DAMN. teamed up with numerous hip hop artists in creating an album that featured tracks inspired by the themes explored in Black Panther. This resulted into the album hitting #1 at the U.S. Billboard 200.
Along with his musical contributions, Lamar finds himself drawn to the film – particularly with the film’s main antagonist, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan). During an appearance on BBC Radio 1, Lamar revealed that if he were to appear as an actor in a Black Panther sequel, he’d like to play a similar type of character:
“I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk]. He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger, for sure.”
Much of the themes explored in Black Panther: The Album showcase the points-of-view from both Killmonger and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). Lamar as well as the album’s various artists found a way to showcase those themes expertly – similar to how Ryan Coogler explored the nuances of Killmonger expertly in the film itself.
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Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and John Kani.
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
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Source: BBC Radio 1