Despite being what I’d call a Hip-Hop enthusiast for half of my life now, I’ve never wanted to be a rapper myself. But I’ve seen enough interviews of my favourite rappers talking about their dreams that I know what the fantasy is encompassed of; having a lot of money, being able to perform in front of thousands of screaming people and being respected by your peers who were idols but are now rivals. Those are the places that your mind goes to when dreaming about making it as an MC. The bonuses are things like being paid to travel the world, meeting fans and impacting their lives and the opportunities that you could have never even imagined. Opportunities like creating an entire soundtrack for a film. That’s what fell into Kendrick Lamar’s lap when he was approached to make the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther. “It was something that me and Ludwig always wanted to do” director Ryan Coogler said. “To get with an artist and make a soundtrack that’s like a companion piece, a different artistic take inspired by the same things… and use some of those songs in the film.” And who better than Kendrick Lamar?