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Kendrick Lamar Releases 'Black Panther' Tracklist, And It Doesn't Disappoint

Kendrick Lamar tweeted the artwork to <em>Black Panther</em>'s soundtrack on Wednesday.
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Kendrick Lamar tweeted the artwork to Black Panther's soundtrack on Wednesday.

The soundtrack to the year's most anticipated Marvel movie is packed with hip-hop star power. Kendrick Lamar, who is co-producing the soundtrack to Black Pantherin collaboration with Top Dawg Entertainment president Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith and director Ryan Coogler, has unveiled the official tracklist for the film on Twitter.

Fans already knew that the TDE camp would be involved in the soundtrack — the first two tracks of the album, " All The Stars" and " King's Dead," showcase the talents of label mates SZA and Jay Rock respectively. But now it's clear Top Dawg is pulling from all sides of the hip-hop world, as well as outside of it, to provide the sounds of Wakanda.

Along with big rap names like 2 Chainz, Future, Vince Staples and Anderson .Paak, Sacramento spitter Mozzy and Vallejo, Calif. crew SOB x RBE are in the mix, no doubt to provide a dose of West Side authenticity for the Compton rapper's peace of mind. K. Dot himself appears on five of the 14 tracks.

Outside of the rap space, TDE has recruited a few wild cards from other genres: rising R&B star Jorja Smithand teenage pop sensation Khalid all appear on the 14-track album. Notice that the song titled "Redemption Interlude" does not have artist credits next to it, implying that there is one more surprise to come. With both the film and the soundtrack being hailed as the " blackest" production ever conceived by Marvel, the last punch pulled has got to be a member of music royalty.

Black Panther: The Album drops Feb. 9 via Interscope Records. Marvel's Black Panther hits theaters nationwide Feb. 16.

Black Panther The Album

1. "Black Panther," Kendrick Lamar

2. "All The Stars," Kendrick Lamar and SZA

3. "X," ScHoolBoy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi

4. "The Ways," Khalid and Swae Lee

5. "Opps" Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok

6. "I Am" Jorja Smith

7. "Paramedic!" SOB x RBE

8. "Bloody Waters" Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak and James Blake

9. "Kings Dead" Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake

10. "Redemption Interlude"

11. "Redemption" Zicari and Babes Wodumo

12. "Seasons" Mozzy, Sjava and Reason

13. "Big Shot" Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott

14. "Pray For Me" The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar

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The tracklist to the soundtrack of <em>Black Panther</em>.
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Courtesy of the artist
The tracklist to the soundtrack of Black Panther.

Sidney Madden is a reporter and editor for NPR Music. As someone who always gravitated towards the artforms of music, prose and dance to communicate, Madden entered the world of music journalism as a means to authentically marry her passions and platform marginalized voices who do the same.