Kendrick Lamar’s recent single The Heart Part 4” hinted something special about April 7. The majority of the fans assumed it’s when he’s going to drop his new album, but it turns out it was just the announcement of the actual date.
For those who missed it, what surfaced last Friday was simply an album page on iTunes for pre-orders of K. Dot’s latest work, bearing an “expected release” date of April 14, 2017. The title of the 14-track set is still under wraps and is tentatively listed as “ALBUM” with a black cover. Spotify also shared a pre-save link for the album set for release on the same day.
Now that the launch date has finally been confirmed, the next big question is what’s included in the album. Here’s what we know so far.
Lamar and the Can’t Get Enough hitmaker has long teased that they are working on a joint project. Fans got a confirmation from the former’s sister that the album will become available February 2016 to no avail. Since the fate of a collaborative album is blurry at this point, many are hopeful that the two hip-hop artists would be kind enough to tease the long due project in the form of a song.
Is there a J. Cole Collaboration Song?
Unfortunately, we cannot verify if Lamar’s upcoming album features J. Cole in one of the tracks. However, the credited composers leaked excludes the North Carolina-born rapper. Apart from Lamar, Pitchfork notes the album received input from U2 and Canadian instrumental group BADBADNOTGOOD, both of whom were listed as contributors on iTunes. DJ Dahi, Sounwave, 9th Wonder, J. Blake, and the Alchemist can also be found on the list.
Track 1: K. Duckworth, D. Tannenbaum & A. Tiffith
Track 2: K. Duckworth & M. Williams II (Mike WiLL Made-It)
Track 3: K. Duckworth, A. Tiffith, M. Spears (Sounwave), & D. Natche (DJ Dahi)
Track 4: K. Duckworth, M. Spears, R. Riera & J. Blake (James Blake)
Track 5: K. Duckworth & M. Spears
Track 6: K. Duckworth, D. Natche, M. Spears, A. Tiffith & T. Martin (Terrace Martin)
Track 7: K. Duckworth, S. Lacy, A. Wise & A. Tiffith
Humble: K. Duckworth & M. Williams II
Track 9: K. Duckworth, D. Natche, M. Spears, C. Hansen, A. Sowinski, M. Tavares & L. Whitty (BADBADNOTGOOD)
Track 10: K. Duckworth, Z. Pacaldo, T. Walton, M. Spears, G. Kurstin & Anthony Tiffith
Track 11: K. Duckworth, M. Williams II, D. Natche, M. Spears, A. Tiffith, P. Hewson, D. Evans, A. Clayton & L. Mullen (U2)
Track 12: K. Duckworth & D. Maman (The Alchemist)
Track 13: K. Duckworth, R Riera, M. Spears, D. Natche, D. Tannenbaum, Anthony Tiffith & R. LaTour (Cardo)
Track 14: K. Duckworth & P. Douthit (9th Wonder)
Kendrick Lamar Album 2017 – What to Expect
The upcoming album will be K. Dot’s fourth, following the release of To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015. He most recently dropped the track Humble which is said to be a part of the yet-to-be-titled project. The song has already caused controversy for the second verse which features lines like “I’m so f**king sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.”
Kendrick has a rather patronizing, shallow way of looking at situations relating to women. I wish I could tell him about himself lol
— ? (@delafro_) March 31, 2017
Many people expressed their outrage over that last lyric, claiming it undermines a specific group of females in order to uplift another. Despite these criticisms, Humble topped music charts and received positive reviews from critics who are also excited to hear his full album.
Lamar previously discussed the conceptual theme of his fourth album in an interview, saying his current focus is “ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork.” Lamar used his third one, To Pimp a Butterfly, as a comparison point for his new concept.
“Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space right now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore,” he explained to T Magazine. “We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
Bold New Sound
Producer Syk Sense told AllHipHop earlier that some of his friends who’re involved in the creative process that Lamar’s next album is completely different. “Like it’s some of the hardest sh*t that I’ve ever heard,” he said. “And the fact that it’s connected to Kendrick as well just makes it that much better. F**k, we’ve got some… some pretty heavy new guys, that’s really going to make a name for themselves off these beats.”
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