Where Is Kendrick Lamar’s New Album?
It’s been three years, four months and two days—40 months, 174 weeks or 1219 calendar days (whichever feels longest)—since Kendrick Lamar released a studio album. And while K-Dot’s fans have been waiting patiently, he is quieter than radio silence and the internet buzzing for details. Speculation about what’s to from Kendrick come hasn’t stopped either.
Yesterday (Aug. 18), a leaked Kendrick track named “Gotta Love Me” featuring the newly inducted XXL 2020 Freshman Baby Keem surfaced via social media. The Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City rapper holds down the verses before Keem, who is also Kung Fu Kenny’s cousin, jumps in to round out the chorus. With the unreleased track circulating online, it begs the question of when the fans will get a new project from the rhymer.
Since releasing Damn three years ago, Kendrick Lamar has been heard on features like Sir’s “Hair Down,” “Tints” by Anderson .Paak, Nipsey Hussle’s “Dedication” and Beyonce’s “Nile” for The Lion King soundtrack. Nonetheless, no song with Kendrick Lamar at the helm of the track has been released yet.
It’s worth noting that whenever Kendrick delivers an album, it’ll join his highly decorated discography, which includes four studio albums—Section.80 (2011), good kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012), To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) and Damn. (2017)—,a compilation record titled Untitled Unmastered (2016) and a soundtrack for the film Black Panther (2018) since getting his start in 2010. All of which were released under the record label Top Dawg Entertainment.
While there are only slithers of details surrounding K-Dot’s forthcoming LP, XXL breaks down everything we know about the long-awaited return of Kendrick Lamar.