Black Panther: The Album

Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album
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2018 Ratings: #382
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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.


Black Panther: The Album is an instantly enjoyable project that allows its featured artists to shine under the watchful eyes and ears of Kendrick Lamar.


Kendrick’s Black Panther soundtrack is a unifying work – like a great, mixtape-like artist showcase – that captures the spirit of Coogler’s film perfectly.


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.

Spectrum Culture

It’s a fine listening experience with some certified bops along the way, but even the slightest shred of scrutiny proves it doesn’t stand up to any other project Kendrick has masterminded. Not by a longshot.

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.
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.
This guy Various Artists needs to calm down on the albums. I swear he makes a new album like every week, just take a break and stop using so many features
the songs are as generic as marvel movies
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
Better than To Pimp A Butterfly

RIP Chadwick ♥

This album is extremely underappreciated. Sure some features are extremely generic but when it clicks it's all really fun. A bit maximalist and overproduced but it's a soundtrack for a superhero movie I can't complain. Kendrick has some great verses here and there.
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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
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Added on: January 8, 2018