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Kendrick Lamar, SZA Release 'All The Stars,' First Music Video From 'Black Panther: The Album'

 

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Kendrick Lamar raps with black panthers in the music video for "All the Stars," a song from the star-studded Black Panther: The Album.

Merely a week after the rapper/music producer has unveiled the lineup for the original movie soundtrack, the Grammy-nominated artist dropped a music video for the album's lead single featuring SZA.

'All The Stars'

The music video directed by Dave Meyers features striking colorful landscapes such as a barren land populated with a group of black panthers and a river with pink water flowing through it. The video begins with Lamar dressed up in black and cruising on a boat atop a sea of waving arms and ends with a shot of SZA turning into clusters of stars.

Meyers previously worked with Lamar on the music video for "Humble." For his work with the renowned hip-hop artist, the director won trophies from the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and 60th Grammy Awards. The video was also hailed as the best hip-hop video at the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards.

The video for "All the Stars" likely will not be the last that fans will see ahead of the release of Black Panther. For the movie's soundtrack, Lamar has enlisted some of the hottest hip-hop acts right now. The 14-track album includes songs from Travis Scott, Khalid, The Weeknd, 2 Chainz, and more.

Collaboration

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler revealed that Lamar was not initially signed up to executive produce the entire album.

"At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film, and then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it," Coogler recalled.

Black Panther: The Album was co-produced by Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, CEO and founder of Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar's record label.

"Hats off to him and his production team — they made some really great songs that we got placed in there," the director added. "I can't wait for people to hear the music on that album, man."

First Reactions

The movie, the first from Marvel to feature a predominantly black cast, held its premiere last month. As early as now, the movie is already seeing stellar reviews from movie critics.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie scored a 100 percent rating from 60 reviewers ,and 97 percent of the audience are excited to see Chadwick Boseman reprise the role of T'Challa, the next king of Wakanda, on the big screen.

Black Panther also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman. The movie will open in theaters in the United States on Feb. 16. Meanwhile, Black Panther: The Album will drop on Friday, Feb. 9.

 

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