According to ew.com Kendrick Lamar will release his fourth studio album on April 14. The news of Lamar’s anticipated follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly was confirmed when a pre-order for the album hit Apple Music early Friday.
Kendrick Lamar’s announcement contained little beyond the album’s release date. On the pre-order page, the new record is simply listed as “ALBUM” and its track names are merely the track numbers. (Save “Humble,” the song Kendrick Lamar released last week, which is currently slotted as the full-length’s eighth song.)
A dive into the album’s track-by-track credits, revealed upon pre-ordering, gives a glimpse at the project’s collaborators. Anthony Tiffith, the CEO of Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment, is credited as a composer on multiple tracks. M. Williams II — short for Michael Len Williams II, the given name of “Humble” producer Mike Will Made-It — appears as a co-composer for the album’s second song; J. Blake, likely the electro-soul musician who has worked with Beyoncé and Frank Ocean, is similarly credited on the fourth cut.
Elsewhere, Greg Kurstin, who has worked on numerous pop hits, including Adele’s “Hello,” contributed to the album’s 10th track. Intriguingly, the given names of U2’s four members are listed on the 11th song — though the credits could reference a sample rather than a full-blown collaboration. And, lest Lamar diehards fear he’s abandoning his old sound, longtime contributors including Sounwave and Anna Wise crop up in the album’s metadata.
Rumors about Lamar’s return ramped up when the 29-year-old Compton, California, MC released “The Heart Part 4” last month. The cut concluded with an intriguing warning from Lamar: “Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all sh– together.” Though that date ultimately referenced the publication of pre-order info and not a full-blown release, the album will still arrive ahead of Lamar’s Sunday night headlining slots at Coachella on April 16 and 23.
Last Friday, Lamar followed “The Heart Part 4” with “Humble” and an accompanying, head-turning music video. CLICK TO CONTINUE READING