Rihanna has sent the internet into a frenzy after releasing her single, “Lift Me Up,” from the motion picture soundtrack of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The single, which is the Grammy Award-winning artist’s first single since 2016, was written by Tems, Oscar winner Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna, and Panther director Ryan Coogler was recorded in five countries and produced by Göransson.
“Lift Me Up” was written as a tribute to the late Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, who transitioned to his heavenly home in August 2020 after a private battle with cancer.
In a statement, Tems shared:
After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I’ve lost in my life.
I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them.
Rihanna has been an inspiration to me so hearing her convey this song is a great honor.
“Life Me Up” was released on RiRi’s Westbury Road label in partnership with Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings/Hollywood Records.
Listen to the single below.
In addition to the release of “Life Me Up,” Rihanna’s Savage Fenty Show Vol. 4 is going down on Prime Video on November 9, 2022.
And of course, the Bajan beauty is headlining the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February 2023.
Black Panther, Wakanda Forever opens in theaters on November 11.
In the highly anticipated sequel, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.
As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.