Some huge names in hip-hop teamed up for a monster collaboration. The artists involved were Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake and Future and the collaboration was for the single "King's Dead" from the soundtrack Black Panther: The Album. This is the soundtrack for the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie about the heroic Black Panther, originally introduced in "Captain America: Civil War."
This soundtrack is a big deal because "Black Panther" is a movie that stars predominantly African-American actors and the soundtrack is leaning heavily on black culture including hip-hop music. Kendrick Lamar is producing Black Panther: The Album along with Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith.
The song was produced by Mike Will Made-It and Teddy Walton and features Future and Lamar trading lines in the beat-shifting song. Jay Rock also features in his own verse. That then leads into James Blake's trippy section of the song.
The song is an interesting choice for a Marvel/Disney movie but keeps the spirit that the trailer for "Black Panther" promised. Director Ryan Coogler said it was his idea to bring on Lamar and credited Disney to being open to the concept and execution.
The most recent Kendrick Lamar release "All the Stars" is also on the album. Lamar is also heard in the trailer alongside Vince Staples. "Black Panther" comes out in theaters on Feb. 16 starring Chadwick Boseman. Black Panther: The Album has 14 tracks and goes on sale on Feb. 9.