The arrival of the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther has left fans with a lot of excitement and questions. One of those being – what is that song playing throughout the trailer?
The answer is ‘Legend Has It’ by the American hip hop group Run the Jewels. You can check out the music video for the song below.
For those unfamiliar with the supergroup, it consists of rappers El-P (a.k.a. Jaime Meline) and Killer Mike (Michael Render). The pair began releasing music in 2013, and released Run the Jewels 3 – which ‘Legend Has It’ is a single off of – in January of 2017.
Looking at the lyrics of the song – at least those that are safe for work – it makes sense for this song to be tied to Black Panther. In addition to the hook commanding listeners to “step into the spotlight”, lyrics such as “Hear what I say, we are the business today” and “There is no training or taming of me” feel right in line with the film’s attitude.
The song even includes a bit of cat imagery – “You think I’m lion, you right, see my teeth.” All in all, it seems like a pretty fitting music to help bring Black Panther to the masses.
SYNOPSIS: After the events of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
The film stars Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), with Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), with Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (Urban Hymn), Winston Duke (Modern Family), Florence Kasumba (Emerald City), Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson) and John Kani (Coriolanus).
Ryan Coogler directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters now. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.