You read that right – Billboard.com is reporting that Kung Fu Kenny is an executive producer for the soundtrack to upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther. The movie itself has received a lot of buzz being the first Marvel movie of the year, while also being the first major motion picture to feature a mostly black cast and a black superhero as the lead. It’s kind of a big deal… And with Lamar and TDE on the musical side of things, it’s even bigger.
At first, the rumors circulated as Kendrick dropped a little easter egg in the video for his single “LOVE” off of his latest album DAMN. But soon after confirming he was part of the soundtrack, he and Top Dog from TDE dropped the first single from the album – “All the Stars.”
The film’s director – Ryan Coogler – said “I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store,”
K-Dot added, “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision.”
But that’s not all we know about the upcoming album. It’s rumored that it will feature mainly TDE artists, a bunch of hot producers and that Lamar collaborated with Vince Staple and The Weeknd for tracks in the movie.
According to Billboard:
Marvel gifted fans a new trailer for Black Panther earlier this month, which featured an unreleased song from Kendrick and Vince Staples presumably titled “Cops on the Radar.”
Anticipation for the soundtrack heightened as reports surfaced that Kendrick would be connecting with The Weeknd for a new song on the soundtrack after The Weeknd posted an illustrated image of the Black Panther on his Instagram. Sources close to the situation confirmed the upcoming collaboration to Billboard, teasing the track as “Starboy on steroids.”
Check out the new trailer (and Kendrick track) for the highly anticipated movie, due out in theaters February 16 below: