Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson (/ˈɡɔːrənsən/;[2] Swedish: [ˈlɵdːvɪg ²jœːranˌsɔn]; born September 1, 1984), is a Swedish film composer. His work includes Fruitvale Station, the Rocky franchise entries Creed and Creed II, Venom and the critically acclaimed super hero film Black Panther, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. He is known for his work on U.S. TV sitcoms Community, Happy Endings, and New Girl.

Göransson is also known as a record producer. He has frequently collaborated with Childish Gambino, producing his albums Camp, Because the Internet and "Awaken, My Love!", which earned him three Grammy Award nominations.[3][4] He has also produced for other recording artists such as Haim, Chance the Rapper and Pell.

Ludwig Göransson
BornSeptember 1, 1984 (age 34)
Linköping, Sweden
  • Composer
  • arranger
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Early life

Göransson was born and raised in Linköping, Sweden. He began music lessons at a young age and went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 2007 he moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program. It was at USC that Ludwig met Ryan Coogler. The pair would eventually go on to work together on Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther. Soon after graduating USC he began work assisting Theodore Shapiro known for films such as Along Came Polly, The Devil Wears Prada, Idiocracy, and Tropic Thunder to name a few. Ludwig's first break came in 2009 as the composer for the comedy Community.

Film composer

In 2013 Ludwig's first feature film came from fellow former USC graduate Ryan Coogler. Ludwig composed the score to Coogler's critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station, based on the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience awards in the Dramatic category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, also taking home the Avenir Prize and Un Certain Regard awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

In August 2013, Göransson signed a management deal as a composer for Jay-Z's label, Roc Nation.[5]

That year he also composed the music for the movie We're the Millers.

In 2015 Coogler and Göransson again worked together this time on the critically acclaimed Rocky franchise film Creed.

By 2016-17 he was scoring True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Central Intelligence and Everything, Everything.

In 2018 Göransson and Coogler arrived at their third collaboration Black Panther.[6] Göransson set out to create a score that would sit somewhere between traditional African instrumentation and a traditional superhero score. In order to do this he travelled to Senegal to research traditional African music and instruments. There he met musician Baaba Maal whose voice is featured in the score who sings in his native Fula language. He later traveled to the International Library of African Music in South Africa, founded by Hugh Tracey, where he listened to recordings of traditional musicians to ensure the score had a culturally traditional sound.[7]

Record producer

In 2010 when Donald Glover first approached Göransson about his side project, Childish Gambino, the two were working on the set of Community. Since then they have released three albums Camp, Because the Internet, and "Awaken, My Love!". Inspired by Parliament Funkadelic and black power music of the ‘70s, "Awaken, My Love!" Göransson served as producer and writer for every song on the album. In November, they earned four Grammy nominations for their work, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Redbone." [8]

In 2012, Göransson produced HAIM's debut EP and helped establish the band with a brand new sound on the song "Forever". He also produced two songs on HAIM's debut album Days Are Gone.

On May 5, 2018, This Is America was released. Produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson the song features a gospel-style choir and background contributions from various American rappers Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage, Quavo and Offset. "This Is America" debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 31st song to do so in the chart's history.



  • How to Find a Party (2013)

Songwriting and production credits

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Difference" 2010 Childish Gambino Culdesac Producer - Childish Gambino
"Hero" - Childish Gambino
"I Be on That" - Childish Gambino
"Got This Money" - Childish Gambino
"So Fly" - Childish Gambino
"You Know Me" - Childish Gambino
"Let Me Dope You" - Childish Gambino
"Do Ya Like" - Childish Gambino
"I'm Alright" - Childish Gambino
"Glory" - Childish Gambino
"Fuck It All" - Childish Gambino
"I'm On It" - Childish Gambino
"Put It In My Video" - Childish Gambino
"These Girls"
(featuring Garfunkel and Oates)
- Childish Gambino
"The Last" - Childish Gambino
"Be Alone" 2011 EP Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Freaks and Geeks" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"My Shine" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Lights Turned On" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Not Going Back"
(featuring Belidna Malaika)
Donald Glover, Belinda Malaika Childish Gambino
"Bonfire" Camp Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Heartbeat" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Outside" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Fire Fly" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"All the Shine" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Letter Home" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Backpackers" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"L.E.S." Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Hold You Down" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Kids (Keep Up)" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"You See Me" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Sunrise" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"That Power" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Longest Text Message" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"We Ain't Them" 2012 Royalty Donald Glover Childish Gambino
(featuring Gonage)
Co-writer Donald Glover -
"Won't Stop"
(featuring Danielle Haim)
Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover, Danielle Haim Childish Gambino
"Blue Eyes Blind" ZZ Ward Til the Casket Drops Zsuzsanna Ward -
"Forever" Haim Days Are Gone Producer - Ariel Rechtshaid
"One In a Million" 2013 Down with Webster Party For Your Life Co-writer/Producer Tyler Armes,

Cameron Hunter,

Jensen Vaughan,

Andrew Martino,

Patrick Gilet,

Martin Seja

"Interlude (That's Love)" Chance the Rapper Acid Rap Producer - -
"Better Off" Haim Days Are Gone - -
"II: Worldstar" Childish Gambino Because the Internet Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"I: The Worst Guys"
(featuring Chance the Rapper)
Donald Glover, Chancellor Bennett Childish Gambino
"II: Shadows" Donald Glover,

Stephen Brunner, K. Muhammad

Thundercat, Childish Gambino
"III: Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd)" Donald Glover, Rohelle Jordan Childish Gambino
"IV: Sweatpants" Donald Glover, Jason Martin Childish Gambino
"V: 3005" Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce Childish Gambino, Stefan Ponce
"Playing Around Before The Party Starts" Donald Glover -
"I: The Party" Donald Glover, Jonathan Levi Childish Gambino, Pop Levi
"II: No Exit" Donald Glover, Miguel Pimental Childish Gambino
"I: Flight of The Navigator" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"II: Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)" Donald Glover, Lakisha Robinson Childish Gambino, Sam Spiegel
"III: Urn" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"I: Pink Toes"
(featuring Jhene Aiko)
Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce, Jhene Chilombo Childish Gambino
"II: Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)"
(featuring Azealia Banks)
Donald Glover, Azealia Banks Childish Gambino
"III: Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Aurenheimer)" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Somebody to Miss You" 2014 T. Mills All I Wanna Do - EP Travis Mills,

Matthew Samuels,

William Lobban-Bean,

Matthew Morris,

James Fauntleroy

Boi-1da, Cook Classics
"Dollar Store" Pell Floating While Dreaming Producer - -
"Fresh Produce" - -
"U Don't Have To Call" Childish Gambino STN MTN - The Neptunes
"Sober" Kauai Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)"
(featuring Jaden Smith)
Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Retro (Rough)" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Late Night in Kauai"
(featuring Jaden Smith)
Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"V: 3005 (Beach Picnic Version)" Donald Glover, Stefan Ponce Childish Gambino
"Me and Your Mama" 2016 "Awaken, My Love!" Donald Glover, Zac Rae Childish Gambino
"Redbone" Producer - Childish Gambino
"Have Some Love" Additional Producer - Childish Gambino
"Boogieman" Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Zombies" Donald Glover, Ray Suen, Chris Hartz Childish Gambino
"Riot" Co-writer/Additional Producer Donald Glover,

George Clinton,

Hazel Cook, Haskins Eugene

Childish Gambino
"California" Co-writer/Producer Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Terrified" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Baby Boy" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"The Night Me and Your Mama Met" Donald Glover, Gary Clark Childish Gambino, Gary Clark
"Stand Tall" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Self-Help Tape" 2017 Moses Sumney Aromanticism Moses Sumney Moses Sumney
(with Yugen Blakrok)
2018 Vince Staples Black Panther: OST Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Vincent Staples Sounwave
"This Is America" Childish Gambino Non-album single Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Summertime Magic" Summer Pack Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"Feels Like Summer" Donald Glover Childish Gambino
"TBA" Ye Yandhi TBA Kanye West Kanye West



Year Title Director(s) Notes
2008 Tropic Thunder Ben Stiller Music arranger
Music programmer
Marley & Me David Frankel Additional music
2009 I Love You, Man John Hamburg Guitar
Year One Harold Ramis Additional music
Jennifer's Body Karyn Kusama
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Thor Freudenthal Technical score engineer
Dinner for Schmucks Jay Roach
2011 30 Minutes or Less Ruben Fleischer Composer
2013 Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler
We're the Millers Rawson Marshall Thurber Composer, with Theodore Shapiro
2014 Stretch Joe Carnahan Composer
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
A Merry Friggin' Christmas Tristram Shapeero
Top Five Chris Rock
2015 Creed Ryan Coogler
2016 Central Intelligence Rawson Marshall Thurber Composer, with Theodore Shapiro. Also conductor
True Memoirs of an International Assassin Jeff Wadlow Composer
Inner Workings Leo Matsuda
2017 Everything, Everything Stella Meghie
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Greg Walloch/Christopher Storer
2018 Black Panther Ryan Coogler
Death Wish Eli Roth
Slice Austin Vesely Composer, with Nathan Matthew David
Venom Ruben Fleischer Composer, orchestra conducted by Edward Trybek
Creed II Steven Caple Jr.


Year Title Notes
2009–15 Community Composer
2011–13 Happy Endings Composer
2011–18 New Girl Composer
2014–2015 Satisfaction Composer
2016–2018 Angie Tribeca Composer
2018 Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Composer
2019 The Mandalorian Composer

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Soundtrack Fruitvale Station Nominated [9]
2015 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Use of Music in a Film Creed Nominated
IndieWire Critics Poll Best Original Score or Soundtrack Nominated
International Film Music Critics Association Breakthrough Film Composer of the Year Nominated
Best Original Score for a Drama Film Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Music, Original Song "Grip" (from Creed) Won
2016 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Song Nominated
"Waiting for My Moment" (from Creed) Nominated
Outstanding Original Soundtrack Creed Nominated
2017 Black Reel Awards Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, TV Movie or Limited Series) Atlanta Nominated
2018 BET Hip Hop Awards Single of the Year "This Is America" Nominated [10]
Grammy Awards Album of the Year "Awaken, My Love!" Nominated [9]
Record of the Year "Redbone" Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Original Score — Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Film Black Panther Won [11]
International Online Cinema Awards Best Original Song "Opps" (from Black Panther) Nominated [9]
Best Original Score Black Panther Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Music Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Score Nominated [12]
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Original Score Nominated [9]
Grammy Awards Record of the Year "This Is America" Pending [13]
Song of the Year Pending
Best R&B Song "Feels Like Summer" Pending
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Black Panther Pending


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  3. ^ Drozdowski, Ted. "10 Questions: Ludwig Göransson". BMI.
  4. ^ "Childish Gambino - Camp - Album Review". 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
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  6. ^ "How Black Panther Composer Ludwig Göransson Found the Sound of Wakanda | Pitchfork". Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  7. ^ "Baaba Maal on soundtracking Black Panther's Wakanda". NME. 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  8. ^ "Producer Ludwig Göransson on helping create Awaken, My Love! and the Black Panther score". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
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  11. ^ Xu, Linda (2018-11-15). "'Hollywood Reporter,' 'Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full List of Winners". Retrieved 2018-11-16.
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External links

Black Panther (soundtrack)

The soundtrack for the 2018 American superhero film Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and produced by Marvel Studios, consists of an original score composed by Ludwig Göransson and original songs produced by Kendrick Lamar. Göransson worked on all of director Ryan Coogler's previous films, while Lamar and Coogler had previously discussed collaborating and the musician agreed to produce several songs for the film after seeing an early version of it.

After reading the film's script, Göransson traveled to Africa to research traditional African music for the film. He went on tour with Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, and recorded performances by Maal and other African musicians for use in the score. Notably, Göransson used recordings of talking drums and a tambin for character themes in the film, while Maal sung an original song for the opening of the score. Göransson combined these traditional African elements with the classical orchestra that is often used in superhero films. The orchestra was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, along with a choir singing in the Xhosa language.

Wanting to match the film in terms of addressing important themes, Lamar decided to produce a full curated soundtrack album rather than just the few songs requested by Coogler. Because of the film's set release schedule, Lamar had less time to work on the album than he usually would. He began work with producer Sounwave while on tour, before completing the individual songs in collaboration with many different artists. One of these collaborators was Göransson, who worked on one of the songs and included elements from the album in the score. Coogler felt the album became its own piece of art rather than just a tie-in to the film.

Lamar's soundtrack was released as Black Panther: The Album by Interscope Records on February 9, 2018, to large sales, including the top position on the Billboard 200 chart. It was praised by many critics as a milestone for film soundtracks due to its ideas and lyrics, but it was considered by some to be weaker than his solo work. Göransson's score was released as Black Panther (Original Score) by Hollywood Records on February 16, and received praise for being unique among Marvel Cinematic Universe scores due to its authentic African elements and thematic material, though the album presentation was criticized as too long.

Central Intelligence

Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as two old high school friends who go on the run after one of them joins the CIA in order to save the world from a terrorist who has an intention to sell satellite codes.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on June 10, 2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on June 17, 2016. Central Intelligence received positive reviews with praise for Hart and Johnson's performances but criticism of the script. The film grossed $217 million worldwide against its $50 million budget.

Creed (soundtrack)

Creed: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a soundtrack album for the 2015 film Creed, which features music by various artists. The album was released on November 20, 2015 through Atlantic Records.

Creed II (soundtrack)

The 2018 American sports drama film Creed II, a sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series, was accompanied by two soundtrack albums. Creed II: The Album, featuring original songs produced by Mike Will Made-It, and Creed II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring an original score composed by Ludwig Göransson, were both released on November 16, 2018.

EP (Childish Gambino EP)

EP is the first extended play by American rapper Childish Gambino. It was released for free digital download on March 8, 2011. It includes five songs produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson. EP preceded the release of Gambino's debut album, Camp (2011), which was released eight months later. On February 2, 2018, the project was re-released for commercial consumption.

Everything, Everything (film)

Everything, Everything is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Stella Meghie and written by J. Mills Goodloe, based on Nicola Yoon’s 2015 novel of the same name. The film follows a young woman named Maddy (Amandla Stenberg) who is prevented by virtue of illness from going outside her house, and her neighbor Olly (Nick Robinson) who wants to help her experience life.

It was released on May 19, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures, received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $61 million worldwide.

Feels Like Summer (Childish Gambino song)

"Feels Like Summer" is a song by American recording artist Childish Gambino. The song was released by Wolf+Rothstein, Liberator Music and RCA Records on July 11, 2018. It was written and produced by Gambino and his longtime collaborator Ludwig Göransson. The song was made available for digital download and streaming along with "Summertime Magic" as a part of the extended play Summer Pack. It is featured in the FIFA 19 soundtrack.The song received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

Heartbeat (Childish Gambino song)

"Heartbeat" is a song by American rapper Childish Gambino. It was released on November 15, 2011, by Glassnote Records. The song was written and produced by Gambino himself along with Ludwig Göransson.

Me and Your Mama

"Me and Your Mama" is a single by American rapper and singer Childish Gambino. It was released on November 10, 2016 worldwide, and is the first single from his third studio album "Awaken, My Love!"It was noted by Billy Gill of A Nation of Billions and Graham Moore of Exeposé for Glover's powerful vocals and the melodic, hypnotizing instrumentals throughout the song.


"Opps" is a song by American rapper Vince Staples and South African rapper Yugen Blakrok. It is featured on the soundtrack to the 2018 film Black Panther. It contains additional vocals by Kendrick Lamar.

Redbone (song)

"Redbone" is a song recorded by American rapper and singer Childish Gambino, the stage name of Donald Glover. It was released on November 17, 2016, and serves as the second single from his third studio album "Awaken, My Love!" The song received three Grammy Award nominations including Record of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, eventually winning the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

Sober (Childish Gambino song)

"Sober" is the first single from American recording artist Childish Gambino's 2014 EP Kauai.

Summertime Magic

"Summertime Magic" is a song by American recording artist Childish Gambino. Written and produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson, the song was released by Wolf+Rothstein and RCA Records on July 11, 2018, as the lead single from Gambino's upcoming fourth studio album. It was made available for digital download and streaming with "Feels Like Summer" as an extended play under the title Summer Pack.

Sweatpants (song)

"Sweatpants" is a song by American rapper Childish Gambino from his second studio album Because the Internet. The song was released on June 9, 2014 as the third official single from the album. It was produced by Gambino himself and Ludwig Göransson. The song peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

Terrified (song)

"Terrified" is a song by American rapper and singer Childish Gambino from his third studio album "Awaken, My Love!". It was sent to urban contemporary radio as the album's third single on September 19, 2017.

This Is America (song)

"This Is America" is a song by American rapper Childish Gambino. Written and produced by Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson, it was released on May 5, 2018, at the same time that Gambino was hosting that day's episode of Saturday Night Live. The song features background vocals by American rappers Young Thug, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage and Quavo. The song addresses the wider issue of gun violence in the United States, the high rate of mass shootings in the United States, along with longstanding racism and discrimination against African Americans.

The song's Youtube music video was directed by Japanese-American filmmaker Hiro Murai, a frequent Gambino collaborator. According to RCA Records, the song is not the first single from Gambino's upcoming studio album. "This Is America" became the 31st song to debut at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both Gambino's first number one and top ten single in the country. It has also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The song is nominated for four Grammy Awards at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards (Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video).

Together (Selah Sue song)

Together is a song by Belgian recording artist Selah Sue. It was written by Sue, Evan Kidd Bogart, Ludwig Goransson, and Childish Gambino for her same-titled second studio album (2015), the latter of which also appears a guest vocalist on the song. Distributed by Warner Music Group, it was released as the album's second single by Because Music on February 22, 2016.

Top Five

Top Five is a 2014 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Rock. The film, which stars Rock, Rosario Dawson, and Gabrielle Union, was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie follows New York City comedian and film star Andre Allen (Chris Rock), who has to confront his past and comedic career while doing an interview with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson). The film was released on December 12, 2014, by Paramount Pictures, grossing $26.1 million against a $12 million budget.

We're the Millers

We're the Millers is a 2013 American comedy film directed by Rawson M. Thurber. The film's screenplay was written by Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, and John Morris, based on a story by Fisher and Faber. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Quinn, and Ed Helms. The plot follows a small-time pot dealer (Sudeikis) who convinces his neighbors to help him by pretending to be his family, in order to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States.

The film was released on August 7, 2013 by New Line Cinema through Warner Bros. Pictures. It grossed $270,000,000 worldwide during its theatrical run, against a $37,000,000 budget. The film was nominated for four People's Choice Awards, and six MTV Movie Awards, winning two. In 2014 New Line Cinema said a sequel was in development.

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