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Kendrick Lamar brings Northern California to Wakanda

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Kendrick Lamar released the track listing for the “Black Panther” soundtrack on Twitter Wednesday and two Northern California acts nabbed a spot. (Courtesy photo)

The influence of Bay Area rap is reaching all the way to Wakanda.

Kendrick Lamar — who was selected by “Black Panther” director and Oakland native Ryan Coogler to co-produce the album’s soundtrack alongside Top Dawg Entertainment president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith — released the full track listing for “Black Panther: The Album” Wednesday on Twitter with local rap acts SOB X RBE and Mozzy earning a slot.

SOB X RBE, a young outfit from Vallejo commanding Bay Area speakers with the single “Anti,” will contribute the new single “Paramedic!”

Sacramento’s Mozzy, who Lamar gave a nod to in his Grammy’s acceptance speech for best rap album,
is on the soundtrack with “Seasons.”

Lamar slyly hinted at his work with the highly anticipated Marvel feature by dropping an easter egg in the video for “LOVE.” For a split second, a slate in the video read “B. Panther Soundtrack Coming Soon.”

“Black Panther: The Album” marks the Compton rapper’s first time writing, directing, curating and producing for a major motion picture and it’s shaping up to be as promising as any K.Dot project.

He brought TDE labelmates SZA, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q on board alongside hit-makers The Weeknd, Future, 2 Chainz, James Blake and Travis Scott.

The record also features younger collaborators like newly minted Grammy nominee Khalid, one half of Rae Sremmurd Swae Lee, soulful singer, rapper and drummer Anderson .Paak, English R&B singer Jorja Smith and Zacari, the Central Valley singer who broke through last
year with a spot on Lamar’s

So far, fans have only been privy to only two of the album’s tracks. Lead single “All The Stars” offered an electro-tinged collaboration between Lamar and SZA, and the bass-knocking, furious “Kings Dead” featuring Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake. We’ll have to wait until Feb. 6 to hear the rest.

The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya and Angela Basset opens in theaters Feb. 16.

It’s  already set a record for the most first-day advance ticket sales of any Marvel movie, according to Fandango.


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