It turns out Kendrick Lamar was indeed planning an album release when he dropped “The Heart Part 4“. Following that, he dropped his amazing music video for “Humble” and kept fans waiting for a confirmed release date. Well we got that and more this week. His new album, titled DAMN, is dropping this Friday, and K.Dot and shared the tracklist and album cover art with us.
6. Loyalty (ft. Rihanna)
11. XXX (ft. U2)
Other credits on the album are attributed to producers such as Mike WiLL Made-It, BADBADNOTGOOD, the Alchemist, DJ Dahi, “J. Blake” and Sounwave. This is going to be Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album, if you count Section.80, following his fire collection of demos with untitled unmastered last year. Now if you don’t count Section.80 as a studio album, then DAMN will be his third.
Kendrick Lamar gave us a hint at the direction of this new project in an interview with The New York Times style magazine T.
“I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” Kendrick said earlier this year. “To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. 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.”
“One day, I may have a little girl,” he said. “She’s gonna grow up. She’s gonna be a child I adore – I’m gonna always love her, but she’s gonna reach that one point where she’s gonna start experiencing things. And she’s gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it’s the reality of it, and you know she was always gonna get to that place. And it’s disturbing. But you have to accept it. You have to accept it, and you have to have your own solutions to figure out how to handle the action and take action for it.”
“When I say ‘the little girl,’ it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up,” Lamar continued. “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.”
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