Marvel Studios released Black Panther this week, and it’s probably the best movie ever made. But don’t take our word for it–go watch it yourself! Accompanying the predominantly black superhero film is a ridiculously fun soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar. The music was produced and recorded mostly on the road while he and other members of his TDE label toured. Kendrick pours his whole soul into this project, featuring on a few of the soundtrack’s most bumping joints. (That SZA collab is everything). But our favorite Black Panther OST songs are the album’s hidden gems, featuring young underground talents like Babes Wodumo, Zacari and Jorja Smith.
“VETE AL CARAJO Y MAMAME LA TOTA,” screeches South African vocalist Babes Wodumo in the first few seconds of “Redemption.” It translates faithfully to “FUCK YOU AND EAT MY PUSSY,” but its announced so frankly you’d hardly suspect it.
While repping wildly different veins of pop music, these two make one unexpectedly dope team. Khalid comes through with some of his strongest, sexiest vocals to date.
“Bloody Waters (with Anderson .Paak & James Blake)” Ab-Soul
This is modern trip-hop with a ghetto backbone, an alien electronic production from James Blake that features a verse from his on the track’s outro. Anderson .Paak slays, as per usual.
“I Am” Jorja Smith
Probably the sickest beat Jorja Smith has ever laid vocals on. Distorted vocal runs and psychedelic guitar licks paint a picture like a River Tiber track.
“X (with 2 Chainz & Saudi)” Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar
Finally, a banger. This is just a great track to turn up to. There’s a lot of star power on this track, and each artist brings the heat.
Watch the music video for our honorable mention track “King’s Dead” with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake.