Not only was Black Panther a stellar film, but the soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar and TDE was enough of a success to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. But if, like some, you thought Kendrick's compilation felt just a bit too pop, the ChopStars have given it a surreal facelift today in the form of Purple Panther.
OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick slow it down in their new installment of Chopped Not Slopped, warping the otherwise fast paced verses featured on Black Panther: The Album. Similar to their reimagining of Jidenna’s “Classic Man” for Moonlight, ChopStars coat the soundtrack in their signature style. It certainly feels new, with a moniker that fits its distortion, Purple Panther.
Hearing “King’s Dead” for the first time felt like this fresh new combination of voices, one that you didn’t necessarily hear together often. Each time I hear it I ask myself, how did Future know that “La di da di da” line would work? But somehow, the ChopStars version works even better. It runs that section back three times, removing the beat from beneath it. It’s enough to make you realize how amazingly ridiculous it all is—if you couldn’t tell from the original—and builds up energy for the moment the beat drops again. On Purple Panther, ChopStars amplifies standouts from the soundtrack. The slowed version of lead single "All the Stars," presents SZA differently, and the pronunciation in her words is clearer than anything I'd heard on Ctrl. You can hear the individual voices from Vallejo rap group SOB x RBE on “Paramedic,” and it even gives an edge to Khalid’s otherwise innocent tone on “The Ways.”
The remix isn’t always better, but in this case… it totally is. Listen to Purple Panther on AudioMack.
Kristin Corry is a staff writer at Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.