Kendrick Lamar Is A Rap Superhero With Hopes To Portray A Villain On Film (Audio)
Records are still being broken as Black Panther continues to dominate the box office in its second week. However, the deep connection and response this film created already have many theater-goers calling for a sequel.
Kendrick Lamar played a major role in co-executive producing the film’s chart-topping soundtrack. If there is to be a Black Panther 2, Kendrick says he doesn’t want to simply be behind the boards and mic. According to the TDE superstar, he could see himself playing a villain similar to Michael B. Jordan’s character “Erik Killmonger.” K-Dot sat down with BBC Radio 1 recently and explained his desire to jump-start an acting career. When asked about playing a major role in a possible film sequel and what kind of character he’d want to portray, Kendrick opens up.
“I really enjoy ‘Killmonger’s’ character just off the simple fact he was a villain, but he came with some real [acting abilities],” he states. “He was dropping some jewels, and you’ve got to be aware of what’s going on. He was a villain, but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a ‘Killmonger’ for sure.”
One of Kendrick’s mentors, Dr. Dre, as well as some of his top influences including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube have all had Hollywood careers that included acting.
In the BBC chat, Kendrick also revealed that he was lucky enough to see Black Panther before working on its soundtrack. He says the movie is “timeless” and that his contribution wasn’t as big compared to those who produced the on-screen product.
“It’s a privilege,” Lamar reflects. “The capacity – I’m not even talking about the music – just the movie and the cast and the director, Ryan [Coogler]. I think it’s something that not only stands within this moment but stands within time. You talking about timeless films and things that’s going to curate after the product, after this film. When you get to the music, I just want to make sure I can complement that and be a part of that in the best way I could.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Kendrick Lamar spoke about his memorable 2018 Grammy performance, how he goes undercover while in the United Kingdom, and how collaborating with other artists should be more than just names on a tracklist.
Through its second week, Black Panther has grossed $400 million in America and over $600 million globally. During its opening weekend, the Marvel/Disney film became the fifth-biggest Friday through Sunday opening weekend of all time, trailing The Avengers, Jurassic World, The Last Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s full interview with BBC Radio 1 here.