Coming out in theaters February 16th, “Black Panther” is one of the most highly anticipated movies to be released in 2018.
Why is it a big deal? Well besides being an awesome film, it’s also the first Marvel movie to feature all black superheroes. It’s a little sad that it’s taken this long for a movie like this to come out- but here we are.
Black Panther has a great cast including Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Chadwick Boseman, and more.
But now it’s even better- because Kendrick Lamar teamed up with Top Dawg Entertainment to produce the soundtrack for the movie. We’ll have to wait awhile to hear the whole thing- but for now, Kendrick has blessed us by dropping a single from the soundtrack featuring SZA.
What’s really cool about the track is that it contains a bunch of references to comic series- but they’re subtle, so you’ll have to pretty familiar with the comics
Here are some examples from SZA’s verse
“Skin covered with an ego”
Here SZA is referring to the suit of Vibranium that the character Black Panther wears, making him practically invincible from attacks. So basically she compares her own ego to an indestructible metal. SZA is a total badass.
But we already knew this.
Know you mean wrong, keep away from me
Before T’Challa became Black Panther, Wakanda was an isolated nation, however, it was also a very technologically advanced and resource-rich nation ( Vibranium).
When Black Panther made contact with the outside world, people started coming to Wakanda- solely for the purpose of exploiting the nation.
Here’s our favorite bar from Kendrick:
Tell me what you gon’ do to me
Confrontation ain’t nothin’ new to me
You can bring a bullet, bring a sword
Bring a morgue, but you can’t bring the truth to me
Here Kendrick appears to be referencing two different things at the same time.
- His own very rough upbringing in Compton. Kendrick was no stranger to gang violence and as a result, toughened up very quickly.
- Black Panther was physically impervious to most physical attacks due to his suit made of vibranium.
But what is the truth that he speaks of?
some fans speculate that “the truth” is referencing the bible verse John 14:6, which says
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
this lines up with Kendrick’s personal storyline- gang members can try to shoot, stab, and even kill him, but they will never be able to control his afterlife.
But what is the truth that “Black Panther” is referring to?
Tell us what you think!