The album will contain music from and inspired by Marvel’s upcoming film including Kendrick’s new single with SZA, “All the Stars.”
It is noted that Kendrick was handpicked by director Ryan Coogler, who said in a press release, “I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store.”
Kendrick commented, “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.”
Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, and the soundtrack is due out February 9. The film stars an ensemble cast including Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Kendrick has been on a roll over the last year with the success of his critically acclaimed fourth studio album Damn. The album is up for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
Check out the trailer for Black Panther below.