A Soundtrack for the Masses: Black Panther the Album

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Words by Nia Delmast

The recently released Black Panther has made $704 million in the box office and is lauded for its all black production and cast providing the kind of representation that the black community has been waiting for. To compliment the brilliant film, some of our favorite hip-hop and R&B artists came together to create its musical companion, Black Panther The Album. The album features music from and inspired by the Black Panther movie performed by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Future, Khalid and SZA.

The overall vibe of the album is buttery, smooth hip hop and R&B with hints of EDM, reggae and afro-beats which think is completely befitting the feel of the movie. The lyrics are powerful and moving, a side from a questionable verse by Future in the "King's Dead" track.

The album was curated by Kendrick Lamar as the executive producer. It makes sense for Kendrick to be a major voice on this album considering how vocal he has been on the black experience throughout his career, using his music to express his feelings on everything from life in the porjects of Compton, to police brutality, to the election of Donald Trump. He is by far one of my favorite hip-hop artists and does some amazing work on the album.

I see Black Panther as a celebration of progress. Every celebration needs dope a playlist and this is it.