Review: Black Panther, The Album

Review: Black Panther, The Album

Black Panther, The Album, by Kendrick Lamar

As if the Black Panther movie from Marvel and Disney needed a promotion push, this soundtrack/album would be that. “All the Stars” with SZA was an excellent lead track. The quality doesn’t really fall all the way through “Pray For Me” with The Weeknd at the end. I was gladly surprised that I actually enjoyed this album, and only hope they can pull through with another one for the sequel haha. If my opinion means anything, you should definitely give it a listen.

  • Lyrics
  • Instrumentation
  • Production
  • Features
  • Personal Preference
4.4
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Lyrics
 Kendrick Lamar is an oddity in the world of hip-hop these days. His delivery is unique as hell, and sometimes that can leave me with a “hit-or-miss” opinion of him. His lyricism can’t be denied, but the semi-off-beat flow irks me a little, especially on the intro, “Black Panther.” When he’s on though, he’s on.
Instrumentation
 Some of the beats on this album are you normal hip-hop beats for this age. However, some of the African influence from the movie has infused itself into some of the tracks, much to a delight. “I Am” has some really nice, yet simplistic, guitar in it that manages to bring out the emotion of Jorja Smith. “Paramedic!” caught me off guard, in a good way. You don’t know where the beat is going until it goes there. Also, that beat on “King’s Dead” is fucking nasty.
Production
 The production on this album is top-notch. I’d expect nothing less from a major label release, backed by what will probably be the biggest movie of this year. That is if the Avengers don’t do as well as expected.
Features
 To be fair, this album has almost as many features as it does verses from Kendrick. That makes it a little difficult to rate them on one scale. I try to be fair to the modern stuff, so if Future2 Chainz, and Schoolboy Q are your type of artists, you’ll enjoy this. If you like some smoother R&B type stuff, this album has you covered too, just not on the same songs. Also, to be fair, the features never detracted from the general feel of the album. None of the guests brought it down enough to consider them bad. Except you, Q. I still have no idea what the fuck you’re saying.
Personal Preference
 It’s no big secret that I’m not especially fond of hip-hop from the last 5 years or so. However,  this album had enough classic vibes and experimentation to call it a solid hip-hop album. I liked it enough that I’ll give it another listen when I have time. That’s definitely saying something.
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