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Review: Kendrick Lamar-led 'Black Panther' album has power

"Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By," Various Artists (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

At times, the Kendrick Lamar-curated "Black Panther" album feels like a stand-alone set, only loosely related to the Marvel film for which it's named. But the album is a solid, entertaining listen that, in places, has its power.

There's the opener and title track, in which Lamar seems to be speaking for himself, the Compton native, while also channeling T'Challa, the Marvel character who reigns over the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and protects it in his secret role as superhero Black Panther. "King of my city, king of my country, king of...

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