We all knew the Black Panther soundtrack was going to be good. An all-star cast of appearances, curation by Kendrick Lamar and TDE, and the full backing of Marvel Studios confirmed that much. But we didn't know it would be this good. What could have easily been a bloated, safe, parade of big names is instead one of the most daring, exciting releases of the year.
By calling on trusted veterans (Schoolboy Q, Anderson .Paak, The Weeknd, SZA), hungry rising artists (SOB X RBE, Mozzy, Khalid), and international stars (Yugen Blakrok, Sjava) all for the same album, Kendrick and TDE made sure the soundtrack would be as unforgettable as the movie—a rare feat that they pulled off in style. This is what we learned from the Black Panther soundtrack.