Jay Rock Outs New ‘Black Panther’ Song ‘King's Dead’ With Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake
It's been a big week for Black Panther. Following record numbers of advance pre-sale tickets sold, a new song for the movie has just been released.
The track, off the upcoming accompanying album for the movie Black Panther: The Album (curated by Kendrick Lamar and Anthony "Top Dawg" Griffith), is called "King's Dead."
Jay rock shared the song, which also features Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. It's produced by Mike WiLL Made-It (still perhaps most famous for working on Miley Cyrus's Bangerz) and Teddy Walton. It will also be the lead single from his upcoming, as yet untitled, album as well as appearing on the soundtrack.
Aside from "King's Dead," Black Panther: The Album also features "All the Stars," a collaboration between Lamar and singer-songwriter SZA. Lamar featured it in his halftime show set at the recent CFP National Championship Game, during which a brand new trailer for the movie was also broadcast.
The album will be released Feb. 9, a full week before Black Panther hits theaters.
Lamar and Griffith collaborated closely with director Ryan Coogler to create the songs especially for the film. It's Lamar's first foray into the world of movie soundtracks. However, he did appear on Alicia Keyes' "It's On Again," which played over the end credits of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
"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.
Earlier this week, Black Panther beat the record previously held by Captain America: Civil War for advance ticket sales in the first 24 hours of release.
It's set to debut over the four day President's Day holiday weekend, with projections of $80-100 million calculated to knock Deadpool (the sequel to which drops later this year) off the top spot for highest ever February opening for a Marvel movie.
The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, marks the first time an African American led comic book movie has graced screens. Michael B. Jordan, who Coogler directed in Creed, stars as villain Erik Killmonger, alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker.
Black Panther storms into theaters on Feb. 16.