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Area rappers featured on Sac State grad’s ‘Black Panther’ movie soundtrack

Watch the epic trailer for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther,’ directed by Sac State alum Ryan Coogler

T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
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T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Oak Park rapper Mozzy is featured on the soundtrack for Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther” movie, directed by Sacramento State alumnus Ryan Coogler.

Mozzy rhymes alongside South African artist Sjava and Carson-based Reason on “Seasons,” the 12th of 14 songs on the movie’s soundtrack, according to a tweet by co-producer Kendrick Lamar. His track is sandwiched between a list of marquee performers, including Travis Scott, The Weeknd and 2 Chainz, as well as five tracks by Kendrick himself.

The co-producer of the movie’s soundtrack, Kendrick has long been one of Mozzy’s highest-profile supporters and shouted him out while accepting the Grammy for best rap album on Sunday.

Only two tracks have been released from the soundtrack before its online debut Feb. 9: “All the Stars,” from Kendrick and SZA, and “King’s Dead,” a collaboration between Kendrick, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake.

Up-and-coming Vallejo rap group SOB x RBE also make an appearance on the soundtrack with their song “Paramedic!” The unsigned artists, none of whom are older than 21, routinely racks up millions of YouTube hits per video and recently opened a slew of Sage the Gemini concerts.

“Black Panther” debuts nationwide Feb. 16, the same day the album’s hard copy hits music store shelves. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, as he returns home following the events of “Captain America: Civil War.”

Lead antagonist Erik Killmonger is played by Michael B. Jordan, who also worked with Coogler in “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station.” The two also began filming last summer for “Wrong Answer,” a film about the 2006 standardized test cheating scandal in Atlanta schools.

“Black Panther’s” early reception has been overwhelmingly positive, with Los Angeles Times reporter Jen Yamato calling it “incredible, kinetic (and) purposeful.” Advance ticket sales for the movie were on pace to outsell all previous Marvel releases, as of Wednesday.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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