Kendrick Lamar Wasn't Originally Going To Curate The 'Black Panther' Soundtrack
However, a recent interview with Ryan Coogler reveals that Lamar was initially going to just contribute a few songs to the soundtrack. But watching the film inspired the Compton rapper to handle it in its entirety.
“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 said to NPR.
Sounwave, TDE’s in-house producer, Also spoke about the soundtrack, revealing that Lamar had been working on it since August of last year.
“[During] The DAMN. Tour, we probably came up with 50 percent of it — the production, the hooks and ideas,” Sounwave said. “When we got back from the tour in September, that’s when we were able to execute our ideas and reach out to people we respect and whatnot…kind of just put the stamp on it. So, I want to say those two months was the most vital on that tour, in terms of creative process.”
Sounwave also spoke on the significance of Lamar and TDE being allowed complete creative control of the soundtrack.
“I think it’s only right,” Sounwave said. “The movie’s not set in 1910, or the 1960s when Black Panther first came out — it’s set in today. 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.”