Collabs aren’t new in the hip-hop world. We’ve seen Jay Z team up with R. Kelly and Kanye West, and more recently, Drake and Future. Now, all eyes are on the next big thing: the long-rumored Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole joint album.
Since 2011, rumors of the two artists working on a collaborative record has swirled. While details about it have been scarce, there’s a new indication that the album is finally on its way, thanks to K.Dot’s new surprise single, “The Heart Part 4.”
There’s a lot to digest on his first track this year like the entire verse digging at US President Donald Trump (“a chump”), deceitful politicians, and fake news (“How many leaders gon’ tell you the truth after me?”). But what caught the fans’ attention more is the apparent dig to rapper drake hidden in the lyrics.
The song starts off on a mellow note with Lamar discussing his earnings, travel and some other things, but all these escalates to a diss at the “Hotline Bling” hitmaker. For those who failed to notice, K.Dot addressed Drake’s ghostwriting saga, top five or best rapper claims, and his strange obsession with rap veteran Jay Z on the second half of the song.
Kendrick Lamar 2017 Album
So, how does this relate to Lamar’s upcoming album? If you’re a follower of the rapper, you should know that he’s been in a game of cat and mouse with Drizzy in an attempt to outsmart, outwit, and outplay each other as they compete for hip-hop’s throne. Now, Lamar’s latest song could mean anything at all, but it could also be a warning of some sort that he’s got something bigger than the rapper’s current offering up his sleeve.
In the final part of the track, we hear him tease something happening on April 7. If our instinct is right, he could be referring to the long-awaited collab with J.Cole. After all, it’s been years since news of their joint music has surfaced. There has been previous confirmation too that it’s coming this year.
We can recall that Lamar’s sister, Kayla Duckworth, once confirmed a February 2016 release. Obviously, it never came but Ab-Soul—a member of K.Dot’s group, Black Hippy—assured in December the that the Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole album is already in the works.
That’s not all, though. Ab-Soul also revealed that he recorded for the album. He did not disclose if he has a feature or how many songs are on it, but he did say he hopes his verse gets used. “I don’t really know too much about it. I just hope they use my verse.”
Ab-Soul’s name may not be as known as J.Cole’s, but his inclusion definitely adds to the joint album’s already big pre-release hype.
What About J.Cole?
J.Cole remains mum about the collab to date. The last time he dished something about the album was back in 2015 when he mentioned it in the Alright remix of his Black Friday song.
“It’s Cole f***in’ world nigga
Dreamville in this motherf***er, Top Dawg in this motherf**er
When you and K. Dot sh*t dropping?
Bitch never, they can’t handle two Black niggas this clever
But this February, bet shit get scary when I f**k around and drop..”
Interestingly, the Dreamville rapper has dropped an update of his own for his fans on the same day Lamar made headlines with his surprise single. He particularly shared the official trailer for his forthcoming HBO special, 4 Your Eyez Only. It comes two years after his first documentary aired in 2015.
According to BET, the feature centers on the rapper’s music, following him “around multiple locations and balancing a handful of live performances from his 4 Your Eyez Only project with an array of intimate interviews, all documented through Cole’s lens.”
His album, which landed right behind Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade in the list of the largest debut of 2016 is the focal point of the new documentary. It remains to be seen if his collab with Lamar will be mentioned in the documentary.
J.Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only premieres April 15, 10 p.m. on HBO.
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