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The official soundtrack for Black Panther has just been released. The album, which is produced by Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment, features 14 songs.

Five of the 14 songs all feature Lamar. The Black Panther theme song "All the Stars" featuring SZA, "King's Dead" featuring Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake, "Big Shot" featuring Travis Scott, "Pray For Me" featuring The Weeknd, and "Black Panther" are all included in the album.

Other songs featured in the soundtrack are now available on Spotify and Apple Music. These include Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, and Saudi's song "X," Khalid and Swae Lee's "The Ways," Vince Staples and Yugen BlackRok's "Oops," Jorja Smith's "I Am," SOB X RBE's "Paramedic!" Ab-Soul, Anderson, Peak, and Blake's "Bloody Waters," and more.

Prior to the release of Black Panther, Lamar also dropped the official music video for "All the Stars" featuring SZA. The 27-year-old singer had at least 12 wardrobe changes in the almost four-minute clip.

Ryan Coogler Talks About Kendrick Lamar

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler shared how he decided to tap Lamar to produce the movie's soundtrack. He said that he is a huge fan of Lamar and had the chance to meet him a couple of years ago. During their conversation, Coogler told Lamar how much his music has affected him and Lamar said that he has seen Coogler's movies. The two agreed that if an opportunity comes, they will work together.

"So we met, and we talked. And to Marvel's credit, they really supported the idea of getting some songs from him. 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," said Coogler.

Coogler also talked about the kinds of songs featured in the Black Panther album. He said that the film is set in the present time, so the songs needed to be modern enough for the viewers.

"I think it's only right... There's 'today' moments happening in the movie, so we want the whole soundtrack to sound like that too. I think it was a perfect marriage for us to blend the two worlds," said Coogler.

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