How Kendrick Lamar has created a paradox in the MCU

In *Black Panther*, there is a scene where T'Challa, Nakia, and Okoye enter a hidden casino in South Korea. As they enter, the song "Pray for Me" by Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend is playing. Unlike most songs in movies, this song is actually playing in the the context of the scene. The characters can hear this song. Therefore, we can conclude that Kendrick Lamar and The Weekend exist in the MCU. However, this is where we run into trouble. "Pray for Me" was released on February 2, 2018 as apart of *Black Panther: The Album* by Kendrick Lamar. This album was created specifically for the movie, and many songs were inspired by the film. This creates a paradox, as Kendrick Lamar clearly exists in the MCU and wrote the song "Pray for Me". However, he would have never wrote this song or the rest of the album, had it not been for the movie *Black Panther*. So we can conclude, that in the MCU the real Black Panther exists, and the film *Black Panther* exists. Or we can also accept a different conclusion: that Kendrick Lamar and his album somehow exist out of time. Which brings me to my final and most shocking conclusion: Kendrick Lamar is the Soul Stone

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14 Mar 2018 00:36 - +4813
Have an upvote for being original, bless you for making my day.
14 Mar 2018 00:36 - +4639
They also mentioned Disneyland in Black Panther and Disney own Marvel Studios and are the ones releasing all these movies... Disney is the soul stone confirmed.
14 Mar 2018 00:40 - +1357
We already did that in Star Trek. Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Beyond both include the Beastie Boys song Sabotage. The Beastie Boys song Intergalactic contains the line ‘Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock’.
14 Mar 2018 01:12 - +1202
This also offers up another paradox as “Pray For Me” was released with the Black Panther film, which obviously came out in 2018, while the events of Black Panther take place in 2016, just after Civil War. Kendrick Lamar might also be a time traveler.
14 Mar 2018 00:43 - +556
If Kendrick Lamar is Thanos confirmed Top Dawg Entertainment is the Black Order - SZA - Proxima Midnight - Schoolboy Q - Corvus Glaive - Jay Rock - Cull Obsidian - Ab-Soul -Ebony Maw
14 Mar 2018 01:47 - +354
Fun vocabulary trivia for OP: The word you're looking for in sentences 2-4 is "diegetic". It means sound that exists within the world of the story and therefore can be heard by the characters. Think of "Awesome Mix" from Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike most movies, the entire soundtrack of that movie is diegetic because Star Lord is playing the music himself on his walkman. Much different than most soundtracks.
14 Mar 2018 00:39 - +198
Kendr**H**ick Lamar
14 Mar 2018 00:44 - +166
Or maybe Kendrick recorded the song early and THAT casino had early access to it Nvm, you’re right
14 Mar 2018 01:50 - +165
Nah. Star Wars exists in the MCU. Three of these movies star Sam L. Jackson as Windu. Nick Fury is the soul stone.
14 Mar 2018 01:27 - +118
Short answer: the song is part of a completely different album and has different context in the movie version than irl version.
14 Mar 2018 01:34 - +82
Method Man did as well in Luke Cage. Is it a coincidence he's got lyrics about a "cottonmouth", "hero for hire" in Bulletproof Love? Perhaps Method Man, Kendrick Lamar and DJ Stan Lee are all Watcher Informants?
14 Mar 2018 00:38 - +80
This makes more sense than the other soul stone theories
14 Mar 2018 00:56 - +44
This is amazing. Please post this to r/KendrickLamar and get the karma you deserve, king!
14 Mar 2018 01:24 - +41
i got soul stone inside my dna
14 Mar 2018 03:05 - +38
Its like Ludacris in the Fast and Furious franchise: The song ' Act a Fool ' is in the original one as well as two more songs in Fast 5 and Fast 6.
14 Mar 2018 00:42 - +29
i’ve thought about this a few times, because the cast of the MCU includes so many big actors, that means every movie that they’ve been in outside of the MCU cannot exist within the MCU, or those movies contain different actors. this means there is no robert downey jr in their universe and consequently no robert downey jr films. i’m waiting for them to use a pop culture reference to a movie one of the MCU actors starred in IRL. it’s weird to think about.
14 Mar 2018 01:22 - +23
New theory: In the MCU the world knows of the existence of the Black Panther, due to seeing him appear during the attack on the United Nations. Kendrick was inspired by this new hero and created the song a couple years early because of this alternate history. Seeing as the MCU is similar, but very different from our own universe, it's not crazy to think that things that exist in our time may exist earlier or later in their time as a result of the differences.
14 Mar 2018 01:57 - +21
Similar to Iron Man jokingly calling Hawkeye "Legolas" in The Avengers, implying that the Lord of the Rings exists within the MCU. It's possible Tony just read the books, but if the movie franchise exists, surely there would be some confusion as to how similar Bilbo looks in the movies to a certain CIA agent...
14 Mar 2018 02:39 - +18
[Don't forget he's run into Rhodey before.](
14 Mar 2018 01:07 - +18
He must have the 7th infinity Stone that Deadpool uses to break the 4th wall
14 Mar 2018 01:58 - +17
It just means that Kendrick Lamar also exists in the MCU and by coincidence made the same song in that universe that he did for the Black Panther movie in this universe.
14 Mar 2018 02:10 - +15
Or Kendrick Lamar can communicate with the Kendrick Lamar of other dimensions and MCU Kendrick Lamar collaborated with our Kendrick Lamar.
14 Mar 2018 03:10 - +10
I mean Kendrick was able to talk to Tupac in To Pimp a Butterfly so yeah... mans can do anything
14 Mar 2018 01:24 - +8
14 Mar 2018 02:52 - +7
Literally unwatchable now.
14 Mar 2018 01:31 - +7
*Hits blunt* ... totally
14 Mar 2018 03:05 - +7
He didnt write the song for *the movie* Black Panther. He wrote the song for the literal Black Panther, King T'Challa. We know that the MCU exists in a parallel universe, as other celebrities have appeared. Kendrick is just another one.
14 Mar 2018 01:57 - +6
It's a real song from a fictitious album ;p
14 Mar 2018 03:29 - +6
Buzzfeed tomorrow: Heres how KENDRICK LAMAR is the soul stone
14 Mar 2018 01:41 - +6
Simple debunk: that track does exist on a regular Kendrick Lamar album. That's it.
14 Mar 2018 02:22 - +6
*The Weeknd
14 Mar 2018 03:09 - +5
There was a guy rapping along to Kendrick’s Backseat Freestyle in Jessica Jones as well
14 Mar 2018 04:55 - +5
This is the type of shitposting I'm here for.
14 Mar 2018 03:59 - +5
#it’s not that deep
14 Mar 2018 04:03 - +5
When Paul Walker goes to Vin Diesel's house party in The Fast and The Furious 1, they're playing "I Got Hoes" by Ludacris on the stereo. But in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ludacris appears as street racer Tej Parker. So in the Fast & Furious Universe. who sang "I Got Hoes"? Was it Tej? Was it Ludacris? Does Ludacris exist? And if not, what happened to the Hoes? Who get them now? Are the Hoes OK?
14 Mar 2018 01:39 - +5
Thanos shows up for a fight scene at TDE recording studio?
14 Mar 2018 03:28 - +4
Kendrick Lamar is secretly a Wakandan.... thus he was inspired by Black Panther, the new king and protector of Wakanda.
14 Mar 2018 03:49 - +4
Guys sometimes music in a film is just that. These are movies above all else, they can't abandon cinematic elements to account for every inconsistency.
14 Mar 2018 03:09 - +4
Also, if the Black Panther doesn't exist in the MCU, and Blade can't be a movie there, since he's also a Marvel Character, then the only mainstream superhero movie in the MCU starring a black man is Shaq's Steel ;u;
14 Mar 2018 03:24 - +4
The KendricField Paradox
14 Mar 2018 02:53 - +4
Or maybe this is a universe where the song exists just because he made it, and has nothing to do with the movie.
14 Mar 2018 05:36 - +4
To Pimp a Space Time Continuum
14 Mar 2018 03:04 - +4
*Black Panther* the film could plausibly exist in the MCU. In both the comics and *Captain America: The First Avenger*, Marvel actually exists and releases comics inspired by real events. Perhaps part of Killmonger's plan was to produce a movie version of his greatness, and he'd already made arrangements for this, so the song had been written based on the planned movie. Once things didn't go the way he expected, T'Challa made an agreement with the studio that they could still make the movie, but based on what actually happened (or is it? maybe it's really just clever propaganda by an evil T'Challa...)
14 Mar 2018 03:12 - +3
Somebody get this man the final Infinity War trailer.
14 Mar 2018 01:58 - +3
Who need a hero
14 Mar 2018 03:24 - +3
Holy shit I love this community
14 Mar 2018 02:04 - +3
Or it's possibly an Alternate Universe where the MCU Kendrick Lamar only made that song as a single, or possibly part of a different album. But since it would be the same song, we must conclude that the song is a connected spot between the two universes. Kendrick isn't the Soul Stone. He's the Tesseract.
14 Mar 2018 03:16 - +3
Diegetic. The word for “playing in context of the scene” is diegetic.
14 Mar 2018 02:39 - +3
It's already been shown that some timelines/alternate realities don't line up perfectly with the main Marvel continuity, or our own.
14 Mar 2018 03:19 - +3
Overthinking it, b
14 Mar 2018 02:45 - +3
uh huh
14 Mar 2018 03:13 - +3
This shit way too crazy ayy
14 Mar 2018 02:59 - +3
LOL - touché. I think I'll stick with the Occam's Razor explanation, though: that a version of Kendrick Lamar exists in the MCU and that version happened to write this song for a completely different purpose and long enough before the events at the casino that it would be popular radio play by that time. But I like where your head's at.
14 Mar 2018 03:20 - +3
I bet Hawkeye is not in that song either!!!
14 Mar 2018 03:04 - +3
This is the only fan theory I would love to be true. Thanos gets the soul stone, and interrupts Tony Stark mid ‘billionaire, playboy, philanthropist' speech with a “Sit down. Be humble.”
14 Mar 2018 03:24 - +3
Fuck I’m shook
14 Mar 2018 01:04 - +3
You had me drawn in! Genuinely made me crack up with that one-liner!

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