Artists have been composing original songs for films for a long time, just look back to 1959 when legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington composed the music for Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder. Also, who could forget some of Will Smith’s biggest hits, ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Wild Wild West.’ Funnily, the Wild Wild West soundtrack was a lot more popular than the film itself.Composing original songs for film is set to continue as seen this year with Sufjan Stevens composing two originals for the critically acclaimed Call Me by Your Name. His song ‘Mystery of Love’ is nominated for an Academy Award.With a juggernaut in music like Kendrick Lamar being the curator of the music for Black Panther, the question is will we see more of this? The answer is probably not. Musicians have been making soundtracks and scores for years. The difference with Lamar is that he is the curator for the album. This means he reached out to other artists to create new tracks for the film. When the biggest name in hip-hop today reaches out with an opportunity to be on his soundtrack, you accept gratefully. Lamar does appear in some capacity on most of the songs too.
With a juggernaut in music like Kendrick Lamar being the curator of the music for Black Panther, the question is will we see more of this?In films, we don’t remember the entire film scene for scene. We remember moments. Some of the best soundtracks create the moments that stay with us forever.