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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Beyoncé Heads to Hometown of Houston to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

 

Beyoncé speaking to #HurricaneHarvey survivors at her church in HoUSton today. #BeyGOOD

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Beyoncé went down to her hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday, September 8 to support the victims of Hurricane HarveyBeyoncé, along with her former groupmate Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, served food to victims of the hurricane. 

Bey later made an appearance at Houston's St. John's Church with her daughter Blue Ivy and mother Tina Knowles. 

While at the church Beyoncé shared some words, saying to the crowd, “This today is a celebration of survival. Y'all are my family, Houston is my home, and I thank God that y'all are safe, that your children are safe, the thing that really matters is your health and your children and your family and your life, and I just want to say that I love you.”

You can watch the clip of Beyoncé's speech at St. John's Church up top. 

A few days back Beyoncé, following a post she made to Instagram that read “Texas, you are in my prayers,” told the Houston Chronicle, “My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.” She continued, “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.” 

Beyoncé will also be a part of a telethon to raise funds for the victims and surviors of the flooding titled Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The telethon, which will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, NBC, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Sept. 12, will feature Kelly Rowland, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, and others. The event was organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun. 

 

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It also takes viewers through some of the tumultuous  periods in his life, including his relationships and legal troubles over the past few years. Complex News' Nadeska Alexis sat down with Brown at his home in Los Angeles, to talk about the documentary, his upcoming eighth album Heartbreak on a Full Moon, and his hope to collaborate with Beyoncé one day. Watch the interview in the video above.

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