In December, Kendrick Lamar slyly teased his involvement with Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther in the official video for his Damn single “Love.”
Thursday, Lamar confirmed he was producing Black Panther: The Album alongside Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and Top Dawg Entertainment. Hear the first single “All the Stars,” featuring SZA over Sounwave production, up top.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Lamar said in a press release Thursday. “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 director Ryan Coogler and Marvel’s vision.”
Working on Coogler’s “powerful” film, Tiffith added, has been a great opportunity for Top Dawg. “We’re always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios, and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense,” he said.
Black Panther: The Album—curated and produced by Lamar and Tiffith—will feature music created specifically for the movie. Coogler himself chose Lamar for the task, marking the first collaboration of its kind in Marvel Cinematic Universe history. “I can’t wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store,” Coogler said Thursday. A release date and tracklist have not yet been announced. Black Panther hits theaters Feb. 16.