SZA and Kendrick Lamar team up for the glowing ‘Black Panther’ collaboration “All the Stars”

The new Black Panther film, part of the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe, is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated films, and with a Kendrick Lamar-executive produced soundtrack, the Black Panther universe has the potential of becoming one of the best things of what already looks like a no good 2018. The first tangible sign of what’s to come arrived earlier this week with the Kendrick Lamar/SZA collaboration “All the Stars,” which acts more as a showcase for SZA’s burgeoning stardom than a reinforcement of Lamar’s GOAT status. The song shines with its fluid, contemporary production, a rare market-tested lead single that doesn’t succumb to its corporate interests. While hardly on the same level as the pair’s two 2017 LPs – DAMN. and Ctrl, respectively – it’s still a joy hearing Kendrick Lamar and SZA on such a big platform. While their previous work deserves the most praise, “All the Stars” provides its two stars the space to explore areas uninhabitable to them previously.

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