This week, Kendrick Lamar collaborated with Jay Rock and Future on a track for Marvel's upcoming "Black Panther" movie, and Jack White released a single from his upcoming third solo album. "King's Dead" debuted nearing the wee hours of Friday morning (Jan. 12) featuring new verses from TDE partners Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock, and the former's "Mask Off (Remix)" collaborator, Future. Kendrick Lamar first premiered the first track, "All the Stars", with labelmate, Sza.
"Marvel Studios' Black Panther is awesome, from its cast to its director", Lamar said in a previous statement. The collaboration marks the first time Lamar, dubbed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest rapper alive", writes, produces, performs and curates for a major motion picture.
"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", Coogler said in a statement on the album's release.
It's been a big week for Black Panther. It's an intense, breathless verse that melds into the outro, and while I know this is Jay Rock's song with a feature by Lamar, Kendrick kind of ends up making it his own after all. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. Michael B. Jordan, who Coogler directed in Creed, stars as villain Erik Killmonger, alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. Black Panther will follow one week later, hitting theaters on February 16.