Rihanna is sharing in a behind-the-scenes video the making of her hit song “Lift Me Up” from the soundtrack to “Wakanda Forever.” Rihanna is seen in her recording studio listening to the finished song for the first time with filmmaker Ryan Coogler, composer Ludwig Göransson and Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown.
“Lift Me Up,” which plays over the end credits of “Wakanda Forever,” was co-written by Göransson, Tems, Rihanna and Coogler. The idea for the song stemmed from a trip Göransson and Coogler took when they went to Lagos; Göransson had a musical idea and asked Coogler to write some lyrics, and a few months later Rihanna and Tems added their vocals to the track. The song was recorded as a tribute to celebrate the legacy of actor Chadwick Boseman, who played King T’Challa in the original “Black Panther.” Boseman died of colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 43.
The song also marked a return to music for Rihanna after a six-year hiatus, with her own Westbury Road label releasing the track in partnership with Roc Nation, Def Jam Recordings and Hollywood Records.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video – here.
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