Marvels long-awaited film Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, but fans only have to wait until Friday (February 9) to experience the much-anticipated soundtrack curated entirely by Kendrick Lamar and TDE. NPR released excerpts from an upcoming interview with the films director, Ryan Coogler, who shared some insight on how the soundtrack came together.
Ive been a massive Kendrick fan ever since I first heard him, since his mixtapes, Coogler told NPRs David Greene, noting that hed been trying to track down K. Dot for years. Eventually I caught up with him a couple years ago we said if the opportunity comes, wed love to work with each other on something.
The opportunity to work together finally came about this past year.
Marvel] really supported the idea getting songs from him, he stated.
At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film, Coogler continued. Then he came in and watched quite a bit the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio, and they were going at it.
According to TDE producer Sounwave, the project started to come together this past August.
During] The DAMN. Tour, we probably came up with 50 percent it, TDE producer Sounwave told NPR. When we got back from the tour in September, thats when we were able to execute our ideas.
The full interview with Coogler is scheduled to drop on February 16.