Kendrick Lamar has had quite the impact on Marvel’s Black Panther, something nobody saw coming when his involvement with the soundtrack became public. The Top Dog Entertainment project opened up as the number one album on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, selling 154,000 copies in its first week.
Not only did Kendrick have a major impact on Black Panther: The Album, he also helped the movie it accompanies at the box office in the best way possible. His label, headed by Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith, teamed up with Interscope Records send 1,000 kids from LA’s Watts housing projects to see the film on Saturday. The L.A Unified School District also pitched in to provide transportation.
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— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 31, 2018
As for the music, Kendrick Lamar was featured across the album he helped to produce. The album was “inspired by” the film, and only three songs from the project are actually heard in Black Panther. That actually makes it’s Number One position even more special. Very few albums that aren’t prominently featured in the movie they’re inspired by make it to the top. 1997’s Men in Black: The Album and 2012’s The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond are two examples that reached the top spot in this fashion.