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Kendrick Lamar Is Producing the Official Soundtrack For 'Black Panther'

Kendrick Lamar and TDE will oversee the production of the "Black Panther" soundtrack, hear the lead single featuring SZA now.

We didn't really need any other reason to be absolutely ecstatic about the upcoming release of Black Panther, but today, we were given one anyway.

It's been announced, that none other than hip hop giant, Kendrick Lamar and his TDE record label family, will curate the film's soundtrack. The rapper was commissioned by director, Ryan Coogler to spearhead the musical component of the highly-anticipated film—not a bad choice at all, Mr. Coogler.

It's sure to be an exciting new creative venture for Kendrick, as this is his first time writing, producing, performing and curating music for a major motion picture, reports Fader.

"Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director," said the MC in a statement. "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."

The soundtrack's lead single also dropped today and it features fellow TDE member, SZA.

Listen to the track below.

We seriously cannot wait to hear what else Kendrick has in the works. His singular, musical vision paired with—what already looks like—a cinematic masterpiece, is sure to make for a stellar combo.

Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Guria, Daniel Kaluuya, and a bevy of other talented black actors, drops February 16, but you probably already knew that.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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