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‘Black Panther’ Album Songs Ranked

Pedro Vasquez, Staff Writer

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With Black Panther officially in theaters, Top Dawg Entertainment released the official soundtrack for the movie, and it’s absolutely fantastic. This is not an official album of Kendrick Lamar (being a various artist album), but still one of his greatest projects he has created so far in his career. This soundtrack ties into the movie which makes a lot of the songs unique in their own ways due to the symbolism they hold about the film. Other songs serve their purpose but still do not have the feeling other tracks on the album have. These are the greatest tracks of the Black Panther album, in my personal order.

 

14) Redemption Interlude

Sang by Zacari, this track is overall not necessary for this type of album because it’s meant to hype you up for the next song on the album is “Redemption”. This track doesn’t do a good job of doing so. The beat/instrumental of this song is good no doubt, but it’s not really necessary for this soundtrack and should’ve honestly been cut from this album entirely.

 

13) Redemption 

Another song by Zacari, this track is just okay. There is nothing special to the song. It’s a pretty decent party song if your trying to have a good time, but it doesn’t tie into the movie at all and contradicts it’s tone. The lyrics tie good with the flow of the song, I don’t feel like there’s purpose behind this song is the album is about a king. This just isn’t my cup of tea and it does not resonate well with the majority of the soundtrack.

 

12) Big Shot 

The instrumental of this track has been extremely well edited together. This song suits the album well as it relates to the main antagonist of the film, Erik Killmonger, but lyrically it’s extensively repetitive, and sometimes too much of the same thing can bore you. Overall a decent track, an okay addition to the album, a little too much though.

 

11) The Ways 

Sang by Khalid, this track has so much meaning behind it. Talks about how strong women overall are, especially within the film. The secondary roles which consist of women have a major role in the film, showing they can partake in battles of their homeland just like men. This song would be higher on my list, but the instrumental of this song doesn’t flow all that good, but the meaning is powerful in so many ways; no pun intended.

 

10) X 

How proper, a song called X (meaning 10), is on number 10 on this list haha. Anyways, this song has a great instrumental to it, smooth melody, and the collaboration on this song is one of the best on the album. The only flaw is I cannot keep up with the lyrics being very mumbling. The best verse on the track has to go to 2 Chainz where he really goes off and shows how much he’s an underrated rapper.

 

9) Black Panther 

This track is extremely deep/emotional but at the same time a perfect start to the album. The song starts off with an instrumental from a horror movie but turns into a very sad piano level tone with Kendrick spitting so much fire in this track talking about Kings in general. This song overall is great but should be a little bit longer.

 

8) Bloody Waters 

Ab-Soul comes in really hard in this track. The lyrics he spits make this song really good which talks about the scene where Killmonger attempts to take over Wakanda and talks about the villain Killmonger’s origin. What’s lacking overall is the instrumental, as I find it bland.

 

7) Paramedic! 

Another great track that symbolizes Killmonger’s origins, but SOBXRBE makes this song great overall lyrically wise. Talking about how Killmonger was raised in the streets of California, without his father. Instrumental was exceptional is this song, but what makes this song number seven is the personal and deep lyrics.

 

6) Opps 

Words cannot describe how great the beat is into this song! Kendrick and Vince Staples go really well together, like peanut butter and jelly. Vince goes off in this song like if it were his day job, and a very fun song to listen to at any time of the day.

 

5) Seasons 

What really stands out about this track is that it describes the life of an African. Mozzy raps to us using different use of African language which makes this song really interesting. The flow is also perfect, but what makes this song number 5 is the fact it describes Africa being a whole unit. This also relates to the final fight scenes which have the women of Wakanda standing up for themselves, acting as one!

 

4) I Am 

 

3) Pray for me 

This song has The Weeknd written all over it. His verses make me listen even more as it relates to the film a lot! Wakanda is looking for a hero to take the mantle of their king, their Black Panther, enter T’Challa! Kendrick’s verse makes this song 10 times better than it already is. Overall a great addition to the album, and a perfect way to end it off too!

 

2) King’s Dead  

This three minute and forty-five second song is just amazing! This song proves how Jay Rock should be taken as a serious rapper. The track also represents the major conflict of the film. Lyrics are on point, instrumental is phenomenal, and Kendrick has the best fast verse in the song right here. I love the fact that this song alone has the best description of Killmonger’s presence in the film. This song is perfect for the number 2 spot, but what can be placed as number 1?

 

1) “All the Stars” 

A perfect, beautiful, an all-out excellent song to end the film on a highnote! This song completely suits the film, as Kendrick raps about the afterlife scene during the film, and every time I listen to it, I get chills from how perfect the melody is, lyrics totally makes sense, and makes me wonder if I am watching the scene again, or if I am listening to a perfect Kendrick Lamar song. Well done Kendrick!

 

 

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