Black Panther: The Album
Various Artists - Black Panther: The Album
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
User Score
Based on 300 ratings
2018 Ratings: #110
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
Soundtrack / Format
Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope / Label
Hip Hop, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
HipHopDX
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.
83
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.

83
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.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
Put simply: most of the songs are good, but very few of them work all the way through.
80
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.

80
NME
Marvel soundtracks have a new gold standard, and it’s this.
80
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.
80
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.
80
AllMusic

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.

80
Clash

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.

75
Pitchfork

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.

60
The Needle Drop

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

60
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.

54
Sputnikmusic
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 11, 2018
FearFlour
76
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 9, 2018
MySoftBulletin
55
the songs are as generic as marvel movies
Feb 9, 2018
BradTasteMusic
79
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
McKnightyxx
75
A very solid effort by all artist contributing
Feb 10, 2018
BuffaloStaple
74
fun album, pretty surface level of course, it has it's ups and downs but it was a good time. sorta like your average superhero movie lol.
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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