Director Ryan Coogler, who sought out Lamar for the first-of-its-kind project for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shared, "I am honored to be working with such an incredible artist whose work has been so inspirational, and whose artistic themes align with those we explore in the film. I can't wait for the world to hear what Kendrick and TDE have in store."
The DAMN. rapper and Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith are signed on for the project, titled Black Panther: The Album. "All the Stars," the first song on the project -- a collaboration with Lamar's TDE labelmate SZA -- was released on Thursday as well. Check it out below.
Lamar himself had similar praise for Coogler, saying in a statement, "Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. 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 Ryan and Marvel's vision."
"Working on such a powerful movie is a great opportunity," Tiffith added. "We're always working on new goals at TDE, so teaming up with Disney, Marvel Studios and the Black Panther film makes perfect sense."
Beyond the thematic similarities between Lamar's music and the film noted by Coogler above, TDE's collaboration with a major motion picture feels like a legendary capstone for the hip-hop/R&B label, which has been known for years for its dazzlingly cinematic music videos it has produced to pair with its artists' songs. Four of Lamar's own songs off of DAMN. became some of the most celebrated music videos of the year.