Ryan Coogler Reveals How Kendrick Lamar Got Involved With ‘Black Panther: The Album’

The anticipation for Marvel’s Black Panther flick is getting stronger and stronger each day. But perhaps equally anticipated is the film’s soundtrack produced Kendrick Lamar and his label Top Dawg Entertainment.

In the days leading up to the release of Black Panther: The Album, director Ryan Coogler spoke to NPR about the project and how the TDE crew eventually became involved. He revealed that the initial plan was for Kendrick to contribute only a few songs to the film; however, the rapper’s role became much greater after he was given an extended look at the movie.

“I've been a massive Kendrick fan ever since I first heard him, since his mixtapes, and I've been trying to track him down,” Coogler said. “Eventually I caught up with him a couple years ago—first with Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith, who runs his label, and then later on sat down with him and Kendrick and just spoke about much his music affected me. He talked about my movies that he had seen, and we said if the opportunity comes, we'd love to work with each other on something.”

Shortly after K-Dot completed his fourth studio album Damn, Coogler reached out to the rapper to discuss his involvement.

“To Marvel's credit, they really supported the idea of getting some songs from him,” the director explained. “At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film, and then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it.”

TDE producer Sounwave told NPR that the team had started working on the album during Kendrick’s Damn Tour last summer, and that about half of the soundtrack’s concepts were developed while on the road.

“[During] The Damn Tour, we probably came up with 50 percent of it — the production, the hooks and ideas,” he said. “When we got back from the tour in September, that's when we were able to execute our ideas and reach out to people we respect and whatnot … kind of just put the stamp on it. So, I want to say those two months was the most vital on that tour, in terms of creative process.”

Black Panther: The Album includes appearances by everyone from SZA and the Weeknd to James Blake and Travis Scott to Vince Staples and Jorja Smith. The film’s score was helmed by Coogler’s previous collaborator Ludwig Göransson, who is best known for his work with Childish Gambino. This fact made many fans wonder: Why wasn’t Childish included on the soundtrack?

Though the “Redbone” artist didn’t receive a credit on Black Panther: The Album, it turns out he did contribute to the film’s sound. Rolling Stone’s film critic Peter Travers pointed this out in his recent review, in which he applauded the composer’s work as well as the various hip-hop artists who assisted him.

“[…] It's fair to mention Ludwig Goransson's rousing score with hip-hop song contributions from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew, Vince Staples and Childish Gambino,” he wrote.

We’ll have to wait and see just how big Childish’s contribution was.

As we wait for the album to drop, you can check out some its previously released singles here. Black Panther: The Album is set to release this Friday (Feb. 9), one week before the film hits U.S. theaters. 

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Chance the Rapper Debuts Untitled Track f/ Daniel Caesar With Stellar Performance on ‘The Late Show’

New Chance the Rapper has arrived. The Grammy award-winning rapper appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert  on Monday night and blessed us with an electrifying performance of his new Daniel Caesar featured track. The track is so new that it doesn't even have a title yet. Chance, who wrote the song just two days ago, previously premiered the track “Angels” on Late Show

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Though Chance's last project was 2016's collaborative Christmas mixtape with Jeremih, Merry Christmas Lil' Mama, the Chicago musician has been keeping busy. Chance linked with Colbert, dropping a politically charged verse, for the opening musical number at this year's 69th Primetime Emmy Awards . He has also been performing, featured on a handful of tracks, and even kinda helped to save SouundCloudChance dropped the stellar fourteen track mixtape Coloring Book back in May 2016.  

Oh, and let's keep our fingers crossed for that much-anticipated Chance The Rapper and Childish Gambino collaboration. In the meantime, check out Chance's new song in the video above. You can also check out the interview Chance did with Colbert on Monday's show, which features him talking about the campaign that fans started to try and make him the mayor of Chicago, below.

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“This song is dedicated to everybody in this crowd and my young son, Legend,” Glover told the crowd before performing “Baby Boy” from Awaken, My Love! 

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As expected from someone who named an album Because The Internet and released two stand-up comedy specials, Glover let the crowd know he was aware of the “Redbone” meme. Glover dedicated a solid two minutes of his set to acknowledge the meme by referencing a fictional bathroom make-out session as a nod to the original “Redbone” meme.

That meme went on to inspire other riffs including a Gordon Ramsay version and a Nintendo Gamecube version. Glover's meme reference led into his performance of the actual single “Redbone,” and then things took a bit of serious turn when Glover pretty much announced that Awaken, My Love! is the penultimate Childish Gambino album.

“I’ll see you for the last Gambino album,” Glover said before exiting the stage.

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New project produced by @imsledgren download on Taylorgang.com #prerolleds

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Wiz has been steadily delivering new music over the last couple of months. The rapper hopped on remixes of The Chainsmokers' hit single “Closer” and SahBabii’s “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick.” Khalifa linked up with Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and PnB Rock for “Gang Up,” off The Fate of the Furious: The Album, dropped a verse on YFN Lucci's “Everyday We Lit,” and made a guest appearance on “Bet They Know Now” by Raven Felix. In April, the Pittsburgh native celebrated the seven-year anniversary of Kush and Orange Juice by releasing three new songs on his website that could be streamed for just 24 hours. Late last month, Wiz put his own spin on Childish Gambino's “Redbone,” as part of his ongoing Weedmix series. 

While fans are happy to hear Khalifa practically everywhere these days, they aren't letting it distract them from the fact that Rolling Papers 2 is nowhere to be seen, er, heard. We have been waiting a little over a year for a new Wiz studio album, so what's another couple of months? 

Stream the Pre-Rolleds EP below. 

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