Track Review: All Of The Stars – Kendrick Lamar // SZA
On the 4th January, the first piece of the official soundtrack to the highly anticipated new Marvel film Black Panther appeared online, titled All Of The Stars. After much speculation and a couple of subliminal messages, it falls to Kendrick Lamar and SZA to team up and deliver the first shots from the canon. Having both dropped absolutely phenomenal albums last year, it’s safe to say that between them they dominated 2017 and it seems very appropriate for the pair to collaborate.
All Of The Stars is a chugging mid-tempo track starting with a vocoder vocal and atmospheric backbeat. This leads to a short SZA verse followed by a triumphant K- Dot verse. With strong lyrics befitting the story of a Prince taking on his kingdom. The expletives within ensure a radio edit will be required.
Having made a knockout of a breakthrough during 2017, Equal time is given to SZA’ s sweet but powerful vocals and the two come together in the song’s crescendo. Although a clear cinematic, pop-driven sound is prominent throughout, it’s pretty difficult to place this track in any obvious genre. Alongside the CEO of his label Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith, Kendrick will produce the whole Black Panther soundtrack and having heard this track, it will be very interesting to see how representative this is of the full soundtrack when it drops!
With a cracking cast consisting of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman, the Black Panther trailer gives a short but epic taste of the chaos to come.
Marvel and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther arrives in a cinema near you on February 12th and the highly anticipated soundtrack imminently.