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Kendrick Lamar And SZA’s ‘Black Panther’-Inspired Video Beautifully Pays Tribute To Africa

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If there's anything even close to being as anticipated as the Black Panther film, it would be the movie's accompanying soundtrack. Now we're finally getting our first music video from the album, for a song called "All the Stars," and it features Kendrick Lamar — who co-produced the whole thing — along with breakout star SZA.


"All the Stars" was directed by Dave Meyers, who also helmed Lamar's "HUMBLE." and "LOYALTY." music videos (among many others), and The Little Homies. This song is the first single off the soundtrack — due out February 9 — followed by "King's Dead" (featuring Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake) and "Pray for Me" (featuring The Weeknd).

Simply put, the visuals for "All the Stars" are absolutely stunning. The music video showcases the beauty of African culture by using dance, colors, clothing, and body paint. There is also, at two points, a formation of stars in the shape of Africa. This ties in closely with Black Panther, which is set in a fictional African country and shows the continent as a place to be admired.

Black Panther isn't even out yet — it arrives February 16 — and already it has been a source of inspiration. Fans have taken to Twitter to reveal what the Marvel film means to them, trolls have tried (and failed) to tank the hype, and one man ensured that underprivileged kids will get a chance to see the diverse superhero movie on the big screen.

Now, at least, we have something to listen to — and watch — until we see Wakanda for ourselves.

Watch “All the Stars” here:

(H/T: HuffPost)


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