THE WEEKND AND KENDRICK LAMAR
By Jack Barnes
Academy® Award-nominated, GRAMMY®Award-winning international maverick The Weeknd and international GRAMMY®Award-winning superstar Kendrick Lamar have released “Pray For Me” (Top Dawg Ent./Aftermath/Interscope/The Weeknd XO/Republic Records) as the latest single from Black Panther The Album—the official album for Marvel Studios’ heavily anticipated film Black Panther. The song comes fresh on the heels of Lamar’s five wins at the 2018 Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Video and Best Rap/Sung Performance and The Weeknd’s win for Best Urban Contemporary album, the only artist to win the award twice. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
The album arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on February 9, while Black Panther opens in theaters everywhere February 16. The album pre-order unlocks instant downloads of The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar for “Pray For Me,” Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake for “King’s Dead,” and Kendrick Lamar and SZA for “All The Stars.” Platinum-selling, twelve-time Grammy-award winning Lamar is regarded asone of the most important, critically acclaimed and creatively inventive artists globally, and this album further proves these accolades.
“Pray For Me” notably marks the second collaboration between The Weeknd and Lamar, following “Sidewalks” from the former’s multiplatinum, chart-dominating 2016 opus, Starboy [XO/Republic Records]. Curated and produced by Lamar and Billboard Magazine’s Executive of the Year, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Black Panther The Album features music from and inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.
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