#SOTD: “Pray For Me” by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar
Black Panther is coming to theaters TOMORROW everyone (assuming you haven’t already been to an early screening to see it). As we try to get a good night’s sleep and contain our excitement for one of the most anticipated comic book films in Marvel history, we can listen to the glorious soundtrack and taken in all of its greatness to prepare us for what is soon to come.
Today’s SOTD, “Pray For Me” comes directly from the movie’s soundtrack Black Panther: The Album. Yet another top quality collaboration from The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar. The first being November 2016’s “Sidewalks” off The Weeknd’s latest album Starboy.
If you didn’t know ‘Pray For Me’, the third single from the soundtrack, was released earlier this month after the January 23rd release of the first single ‘All the Stars’,and the second ‘King’s Dead’. It’s an upbeat masterpiece that won’t put you to sleep.
Upon reading the lyrics, you may notice that it seems to be written from the Black Panther’s point of view. In the first verse sang by The Weeknd, he says:
“I’m always ready for a war again
Go down that road again
It’s all the same
I’m always ready to take a life again
You know I’ll ride again
It’s all the same
Tell me who’s gon’ save me from myself
When this life is all I know.”
Kendrick then follows up with his verse not only crafted perfectly in our heroes point of view but in a way that can fit in with today’s society and social topics:
“Who need a hero? (Hero)
You need a hero, look in the mirror, there go your hero
Who on the front lines at ground zero? (Hero)
My heart don’t skip a beat, even when hard times bumps the needle
Mass destruction and mass corruption
The souls of sufferin’ men
Clutchin’ on deaf ears again, rapture is comin’
It’s all prophecy and if I gotta be sacrificed for the greater good
Then that’s what it gotta be.”
Both of these verses are the reason that I choose this particular track from the album. In addition to being a great song, they tell the story of T’Challa and do it in such a way that we can still apply what they’re talking to real life. I would highly recommend you check it out if you already haven’t. You won’t be disappointed.
Black Panther: The Album is now available to be streamed on Spotify and purchased on iTunes.
The official ‘Pray For Me’ audio is also available for listening to on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2FFbdzn
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