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Tems credited as a writer for Rihanna’s Black Panther soundtrack ‘Lift Me Up’

Tems is having a hell of a time, her growth in the music industry has been nothing short of an astronomic success. Apparently, you don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that she is living her best life career-wise, it is as clear as daylight.

Her achievements in 2022 have been immense. From earning her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with Wait For U led by Future and Drake to bagging her first solo RIAA certification in the United States (gold – 500,000 units) with Free Mind, and getting nominations from the BET Hip-Hop Awards, BET Soul Train Awards, American Music Awards, and more.

Tems has had wonderful achievements this year and for obvious reasons, there’s more coming. Prior to her involvement in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever prologue EP alongside Amaarae and Santa Fe Klan, Tems has had another involvement on the Marvel project as she gets a songwriter’s credit for Rihanna’s comeback single “Lift Me Up” from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.

Rihanna hasn’t released a project for five years since her last 2016 album, Anti, and only appeared as a featured artist in PartyNextDoor’s Believe It in 2020. The singer and fashion entrepreneur has been focusing on her Fenty brand and recently unveiled the official teaser of Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4 which is slated to hold on November 9, 2022.

Along the line of Rihanna’s much-anticipated comeback, fans had also gone hysterical when the Fenty boss made an announcement last month that she’ll be performing at the 2023 Super Halftime Bowl in January. The latest development on her appearance in the Wakanda Forever soundtrack comes as another pleasing news to the lovers of Rihanna, as well as Tems for her contributions to the track.

Speaking on the song Lift Me Up, Tems made her remark: “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.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the sequel to the 2018 Black Panther movie which followed the story of Tchalla a crowned king, who is met with so many obstructions on his part to take his place as the king. The first Black Panther film featured an iconic soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar. The movie will arrive in cinemas on Nov. 11.

Lift Me Up will be accessible to everyone on Friday. You can pre-order here.

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