Kendrick Lamar Says He Wants Role in “Black Panther” Sequel

Kendrick Lamar
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After curating the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar is hoping for an even bigger role in the sequel.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, the Compton rapper was asked if he’s thought about playing a character in a future installment of the Black Panther series.

“I’ve got to now”, Kendrick said, before mentioning the film’s antagonist Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan.

“I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk],” he explained. “He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger, for sure.”

Regarding his contribution to the current film, Kendrick said he was proud of the music he put together. “We’re talking about timeless films and things that are going to curate after this film”, he said. “When we got to the music, I just wanted to make sure that I could complement that and be a part of [it] in the best way I could.”

Black Panther: The Album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In addition to Kendrick, it also features SZA, Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, Future, Khalid, and more.

The movie topped the box office in its opening weekend, earning a whopping $241.9 million in North America over the four-day weekend. It also earned $520 million worldwide.