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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's Soundtrack Is Already Too Good

Hear the three just-released tracks-including that Tems cover from the trailer.
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As we gear up to welcome Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November—and we are gearing up—Hollywood Records and Marvel Music have treated us to three tracks from the movie's upcoming soundtrack. Yes, that includes that spectacular Tems cover from the trailer.

The new preview, which dropped at the Marvel panel at Comic-Con, fans were treated to a glimpse at the soundtrack to come and it did not disappoint. Set against the backdrop of a Wakanda reeling from the death of the Black Panther himself, T'Challa, and the cast and crew also reeling from the death of Chadwick Boseman, the trailer was quick to evoke emotion. This is partly because of the choice of song–a cover of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" by Nigerian artist Tems which fades into a sample of Kendrick Lamar's "Alright." (On streaming, the cover sticks to the former and skips the warping into Lamar's rallying cry.)

Two other songs from the upcoming movie's soundtrack have also been released, "A Body, A Coffin," by Amaarae and "Soy" by Santa Fe Klan." Unlike Tem's Bob Marley cover, the two additional tracks feature more upbeat sounds; "A Body, A Coffin" soars with a body-moving Afrobeat lean while "Soy" is a hard-hitting Spanish rap track.

Black Panther's 2018 soundtrack was curated by Kendrick Lamar and featured artists like SZA, Travis Scott, and The Weeknd. And Black Panther: The Album trended immediately when it dropped, with over eight songs charting on the Billboard Hot 100 just over a week after the movie's release. The album also won two Grammy awards, one being for the score and the second for Best Rap performance for "King's Dead" by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake.

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Kendrick Lamar received widespread praise for his curation of the film's first soundtrack at the time. Though it has not been revealed so far just how involved in the new soundtrack Lamar will be—if at all—the upcoming collection is set to still be produced by Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winning composer Ludwig Göransson who also spearheaded the prior set.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will premiere November 11. Check out the cuts from Amaarae and Santa Fe Klan below.

FromEsquire US

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Ammal Hassan
Ammal Hassan is a writer and Esquire's Snapchat Editor. She covers all things culture with a focus on music and pop culture. She is from Nairobi, Kenya and lives in New York City.
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