“Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all shit together.” That was the concluding statement of Kendrick Lamar’s surprise new track “The Heart Part 4” dropped last month indirectly confirming that something special is coming this Friday. It could be anything at all, but the majority of fans are almost positive it’ll be a new album, perhaps his fourth solo or the long-awaited collaborative one with J. Cole.
The rapper has already used this tactic before, dropping hints in his singles prior to an album release. In 2013, when he released “The Heart Part 3,” we can recall he rapped, “Will you let hip-hop die on October 22nd?” Sure enough, on the mentioned date, Lamar dropped “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”
Regardless of which album is hitting the shelves, if the Grammy award winner does launch a new one this week, it’ll likely land on iTunes and Spotify. Top Dawg Entertainment notably rolled out his 2012 album exclusively on Apple’s platform and his latest, To Pimp A Butterfly, on both streaming services. But that’s if it’s just the Kendrick Lamar album 2017. Should it be his joint project with fellow hip-hop artist J.Cole, fans should be able to stream it on Tidal as well.
At this point, it is still unclear if we’re ever getting the promised collaborative work from two of the best rappers today. A potential playlist surfaced last week, revealing the supposed tracks of the upcoming album. It consists 14 tracks and includes contributions from Kanye West, D’Angelo, Andre 3000, Q-Tip, and more. However, there was no mention of J.Cole.
The Kendrick Lamar J Cole Album: Is It Happening?
Thankfully, the alleged tracklist was confirmed fake. So, there’s still a chance, although small, that the April 7 reveal would be the Kendrick Lamar J Cole album. After all, we’ve already received confirmation that it’s coming out soon.
As previously reported, Lamar’s sister, Kayla Duckworth, once announced a February 2016 release for the joint project, but obviously, it didn’t happen. It’s unclear why, but there were claims that it was because of K.Dot’s legal battles.
The Source previously noted that the rapper got sued “the unauthorized sampling of Bill Withers’ 1975 single “Don’t You Want To Stay” on his track “I Do This” from his self-titled 2013 EP.” He also faced a copyright infringement lawsuit for using themes of Sameerah Satterthwaite’s “Revolutionary Women” in his latest album.
Despite this, fellow artist Ab-Soul guaranteed last year that the joint project is still happening and is, in fact, already in the works. He even teased he recorded for the album, although he did not confirm if Lamar and J.Cole are using his verse.
At this point, we don’t really know for sure if it’s the collab or the solo Kendrick Lamar Album 2017 that we’ll be getting this Friday. Whatever it is, we’ll be sure to update you, so stay tuned!