What better a way to prepare for Marvel’s anticipated, Black Panther film than for it’s official soundtrack to top the Billboard charts! That is correct, the soundtrack to the movie is projected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Led by Kung Fu Kenny himself, the album was released just days ago and contains the talents of several decorated artists, such as Travis Scott, The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jorja Smith, and many more. Of course, you can’t have a project that is led by Kendrick and not have him blaze it though. He appears on about five songs and lent his vocals on other tracks in the album as well.
The movie soundtrack has been a complete TDE affair, as the project was actually released through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope on Friday (Feb. 9). According to Rap-Up, the album is projected to shift 100,000 equivalent album units, good for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 in its first week.
Lamar took to Twitter to share his appreciation for being given such a huge role as a curator of the soundtrack. “Black Panther… Respect to all the artist/producers that allowed me to execute a sound for the soundtrack,” he tweeted. “The concept of producing and composing a project other than my own has always been idealI appreciate the experience love ones. Continue to be great.”
Respect to all the artist/producers that allowed me to execute a sound for the soundtrack.
The concept of producing and composing a project other than my own has always been ideal
I appreciate the experience love ones
Continue to be great
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) February 11, 2018
Along with the Billboard 200 news, the album has gained much success amongst the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Kendrick and SZA’s “All the Stars” reached No. 31, while he and The Weeknd’s “Pray for Me” opened at No. 7.
Black Panther, the movie, is set to hits theaters on Friday (Feb. 16)!