Black Panther: The Album
Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 184 ratings
2018 Ratings: #28
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
Soundtrack / Format
Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope / Label
Hip Hop, R&B / Genres
Your Review


This is an album that speaks to the times. It’s something you would include in a time capsule for people 100 years from now who are curious about how we lived in the late 2010s.
A.V. Club

The Black Panther soundtrack is also one of the best rap albums of this young year, at once an expressive and cohesive addition to Kendrick Lamar’s oeuvre and a thoughtful mixtape from some of R&B and hip-hop’s best.

Consequence of Sound

Though informed by the blaxploitation soundtracks of the ‘70s and the label-driven hip-hop soundtracks of the ‘90s, Black Panther: The Album is very much of its time: a well-produced and incredibly cohesive album with the loose swagger of a curated playlist.

Pretty Much Amazing
Put simply: most of the songs are good, but very few of them work all the way through.
The Guardian

How this all will works in the context of the film is an intriguing question, but it certainly hangs together as an standalone album, albeit a less consistent one than Lamar’s solo releases.

Marvel soundtracks have a new gold standard, and it’s this.
Rolling Stone
Above all, it's an affirmation of Kendrick Lamar's powers, a fascinating entry in a discography that is inarguably the decade's deepest.
The Independent
Though not as powerful as Lamar’s own albums, it’s similarly diverse, with elements of boudoir R&B, sinister street creep and ebullient electro dancehall stippled with a variety of sonic detail, such as whistle and kalimba, reflecting the film’s African setting.

Given the level of the performances, the majority of the guests evidently approached this as a Kendrick Lamar album, not as a soundtrack. Black Panther: The Album serves both purposes well.


Despite all its moving parts, and its by-the-numbers singles, Black Panther The Album is finely-tuned, aware of its audience, its objectives, and the stakes.

The Needle Drop

Black Panther The Album boasts compelling production and features, but is let down a bit by the core voices.

This is an album of songs for a big idea before it was shrunken down and packed into the blockbuster money machine, and its well-intentioned attempt at bringing legitimacy to Marvel leaves Lamar and co. alone on a podium, broadcasting their passions through a megaphone to kids who just came to see superheroes do some backflips.
Feb 9, 2018
the songs are as generic as marvel movies
Feb 11, 2018
Don't let the fact that this is a commercial Kendrick album distract you from the fact that they really did get Future screeching about getting his dick sucked on a Disney movie soundtrack.
Feb 10, 2018
Nothing here stands out, it's just a bunch of commercial and tepid pop rap tracks to me.
Feb 9, 2018
I mean it is Kendrick & TDE so you know you are getting quality. I was pleasantly surprised by this album

Full review on YouTube @Brad Taste In Music
Feb 9, 2018
A very solid effort by all artist contributing
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Track List
  1. Kendrick Lamar – Black Panther
  2. Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
  3. Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, & Saudi – X
  4. Khalid & Swae Lee – The Ways
  5. Vince Staples & Yugen Blakrok – Opps
  6. Jorja Smith – I Am
  7. SOB x RBE – Paramedic!
  8. Ab-Soul, Anderson.Paak, & James Blake – Bloody Waters
  9. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead
  10. Redemption Interlude
  11. Zacari & Babes Wodumo – Redemption
  12. Mozzy, Sjava, Reason – Seasons
  13. Kendrick Lamar & Travis Scott – Big Shot
  14. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me

Added on: January 8, 2018