Pray For Me
by Kendrick Lamar (featuring The Weeknd)

Album: Black Panther: The Album (2018)
Charted: 11 7
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  • Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd teamed up for this futuristic song from the soundtrack album of the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther. Lamar produced the film's curated soundtrack, along with Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith.
  • "Pray For Me" marks the second collaboration between Lamar and The Weeknd, following "Sidewalks" from the Canadian R&B singer's 2016 album, Starboy.
  • The song opens with The Weeknd's silky singing asking who is "gonna save me" before slipping into the hook where he contemplates the superhero's burden:

    Who gon' pray for me?
    Take my pain for me?
    Save my soul for me?
    'Cause I'm alone, you see

    This leads into the second verse where Kendrick Lamar viciously echoes the theme of a despondent hero.

    Mass destruction and mass corruption.
    The souls are sufferin' men
    Clutchin' on deaf ears again, rapture is comin'
    It's all prophecy and if I gotta be sacrificed for the greater good
    Then that's what it gotta be

    Lamar's apocalyptic verse references his belief that we are nearing the last days as foretold by the biblical Book of Revelation. The last book of the Bible explains there will be a period of great tribulation before the Christian believers will be taken to heaven while non-believers await judgement. The Toronto MC sees the hero's fate as inevitable in the light of these prophesies.
  • Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd wrote the song with:

    Frank Dukes who has also worked with Camila Cabello and Lorde.

    Doc McKinney who collaborated with The Weeknd on much of his early work as well as linking up with his Toronto associate Drake to co-write two Take Care tracks.
  • Directed by frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator Dave Meyers and the little homies (a.k.a. K. Dot and TDE's Co-President Dave Free), the video opens with the Compton rapper in a boat surfing atop an ocean of raised arms. Other scenes include SZA performing in a circle of African tribesmen wearing bright blue feathery costumes, and Lamar walking through a desolate landscape of barren trees populated by black panthers.
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