Kendrick Gives One More Week To Get Your Shit Together
Joey Bada$$ is not mad at all.
Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new LP, his first studio album since 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly, was expected to come out today, after his “Y’all got ‘til April the 7th to get y’all shit together” warning echoed across the music world following the release of “The Heart Pt. IV.” However, April 7 has turned out to be just another warning shot. Today, per digital retailers and pre-orders, we now know that Lamar’s album will actually be released next Friday, April 14.
The news could be considered a pushback, or even classified as a disappointment, considering the burden of expectations, but one person who’s not mad right now is Joey Bada$$, whose All-AmeriKKKan Bada$$ dropped today as planned.
Anyway, being one week away from a new Kendrick Lamar album is hardly something to furrow your brows over. The Compton rapper has blitzkrieg’d the industry over the past fortnight, unleashing a new single and video, “HUMBLE.,” alongside “The Heart Pt. IV.”
Yes, Lamar’s on a mission, and he’s got top producers in the arsenal, as per usual. The iTunes pre-order information reveals that the new project will be a 14-track set featuring U2 (!), BADBADNOTGOOD, 9th Wonder, Alchemist and DJ Dahi, among others, as contributors. Alchemist is listed as a producer to “The Heart Pt. IV,” and DJ Dahi has worked on past Lamar records, like good kid, m.A.A.d. city standout “Money Trees.”
No album title is listed—iTunes simply calls the project ALBUM—but that information, along with its official artwork (the all-black image listed on iTunes is likely not the final creative) is sure to be unveiled in short order. You’ve got one more week to get it together. Don’t waste ‘em.