– by Nick Doll

Ah, I remember the days of old when nearly every big blockbuster film seemed to have both a soundtrack of popular songs by various artists from and “inspired by” the film, in addition to the film’s score featuring the composed musical themes written for the film. All three of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films were this way, over twenty years ago, but the closest the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had to a proper soundtrack — not score — was Iron Man 2, which featured a tie-in AC/DC album which, if I remember correctly, was more or less a greatest hits album for the band.

Ah, an even more delightful memory comes from the ’80s and ’90s is the days of a particular artist contributing music exclusively for the film, whether it be Prince’s infamous contributions to Batman or Will Smith’s exclusive songs on the soundtracks for Men In Black or Wild Wild West. It is a shame these days are gone…

Or are they?

Marvel Studios has done it again, folks, reviving the soundtrack — in addition to the score — this time putting more talent and thought into it than the “various artists”/”music inspired by the motion picture” soundtracks of olden days.

Marvel Studios has announced that internationally-celebrated Grammy Award-winning global superstar Kendrick Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dwag” Tiffith, will curate and produce Black Panther: The Album.

The album will feature music from and inspired by (see, like the old days!) Marvel Studios’ Black Panther film including the lead single, “All The Stars,” featuring Kendrick Lamar and label mate SZA.

Better yet, Lamar and Tiffith with collaborate with Black Panther Director and critically acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Cooglar directly in the creation of music spefic to the needs of the film.

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If the trailer for Black Panther is any indication, Marvel Studios and Cooglar are already taking their music choices very seriously in the marketing, with the music in the most recent trailer matching so well to the dialogue and image that one could be fooled into thinking Michael B. Jordan’s line, “I’ve been waiting my entire life for this!” is a part of the rap song playing over his dialogue. Though I am not a huge rap music fan, its use in both main trailers is one of the areas in which Black Panther looks like a truly unique Marvel film, and I look forward to Black Panther: The Album.

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SOURCE: Marvel Studios