January 28, 2021

Kendrick Lamar’s New Album on the way

It’s been three years since K-Dot released his last Grammy-winning opus, Damn

Kendrick Lamar 2017
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Despite the long gap of new music, the Compton rapper has been popping up atop lineups for a number of 2020 European festivals, including Lollapalooza StockholmNOS Alive, and Rock Werchter

While releasing three of the best albums, DAMN.; Good Kid Maad city and the jazz-influenced To Pimp A Butterfly— surely warrant eternal headlining status for Lamar, many speculated that his appearance on the bills hinted at new material on the way.

“Are you interested to know that I hear from several friends that recording on the new album may finally be done? And that he’s pulling in more rock sounds this time?” he recently tweeted, without sharing additional details about the inspiration behind the yet-untitled full-length.

Although Lamar hasn’t released a new album in nearly three years, he co-produced the soundtrack to Black Panther in collaboration with Top Dawg Entertainment president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and director Ryan Coogler in 2018.

The rapper also collaborated with several fellow chart-toppers, such as 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams and Anderson Paak. Speculation that Lamar would release a new studio project arose last year, when it was revealed that the Grammy winner would appear at a number of summer festivals in 2020.

Coming directly from the tweets of former Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Kendrick Lamar has reportedly finished recording his new album. In a tweet over the weekend, Werde stated, “are you interested to know that I hear from several friends that recording on the new album may finally be done? And that he’s pulling in more rock sounds this time?.

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