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Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd release new Black Panther track, “Pray For Me”

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The anticipation for Black Panther couldn’t be higher. Ryan Coogler’s film is breaking presales records left and right, while his cast, led by Chadwick Boseman, is putting all other stars to shame on the red carpet. Kendrick Lamar’s done his part to stoke those flames, dropping songs here and there from the soundtrack he’s curated. The latest track from Lamar features the Weeknd, who wonders who will “Pray For Me.”

Lamar’s bars about a “sacrifice for the greater good” and The Weeknd’s melancholy hook are a reminder that for all the Afrofuturist badassery that Black Panther has in store for us, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is still conflicted about his ascension to the throne and what he’ll have to do to defend it.


The Black Panther soundtrack drops February 9, just one week ahead of the film’s debut.

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