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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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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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