Kendrick Lamar’s new album, DAMN, is coming out this Friday, April 14. Fans have been waiting for a long time for this next album release. Kendrick’s last record was a collection of demos released last year, and prior to that, he had To Pimp a Butterfly, which was released back in 2015.
Among the announced guest stars in Kendrick’s album are U2, Zacari and Rihanna. Fans are still hoping that J.Cole would be a last-minute reveal, as speculations abound that a collaboration was in the works. Last year, Kendrick’s label mate, Ab-Soul revealed that a collab was on its way during his interview with The Breakfast Club.
“They got it,” Ab-Soul said. “They got something in the works. They’ve been working on that motherf***er for a while.”
When he was asked though when the project would be released, Ab was mum about it. “These guys move like the mob, you never know with these guys.”
According to Spin, this would be Kendrick’s first record without another rapper–that is unless he decides on a last-minute reveal. Moreover, DAMN. would also be the least collaborative record of his career.
Meanwhile, Mike Will produced three songs in this album. One of these is HUMBLE, which shot to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 100 on the day it was released. It’s not the first time that Kendrick Lamar and Mike have worked together, with the former appearing along with Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane on Mike’s recently released Perfect Pint. However, this is the first time that the producer’s work would be appearing on one of Kendrick’s solo albums.
Other notable producers credited on the album are BADBADNOTGOOD, DJ Dahi, the Alchemist, 9th Wonder, Sounwave, Terrace Martin and J.Blake, which many speculate to be James Blake.
So far, these are the tracks listed on DAMN:
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)
In his interview with T Magazine, the Grammy winning artist said: “We love women, we enjoy their company. At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure—things that most men don’t want to hear. Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.”
A fake track list was released on the internet last month which featured titles like Richard Nixon. Credits included Kanye, D’Angelo, and André 3000. Turns out that the leaked track list was nothing more than fan fiction. But as with Kendrick, who is always full of surprises, anything could still happen, including a last minute surprise collab with J. Cole.
Are you excited for Kendrick Lamar’s new album? When do you think a J.Cole collab would happen? Stay tuned to TheBitbag for updates on Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole’s collaboration.