By Matthew Strauss and Jazz Monroe.
On “The Heart Part 4,” Kendrick Lamar warned, “Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all shit together.” When that day arrived, he revealed that his next album would arrive the next week on April 14 (via Aftermath/Interscope/Top Dawg). Now, he’s shared the record’s title: DAMN. He also revealed its artwork and tracklist in a pair of Instagram posts. Check them out below. The follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly and last year’s untitled unmastered.features Rihanna and U2 on songs called “Loyalty.” and “XXX.” respectively. It includes “HUMBLE.,” and credits Mike WiLL Made-It, BADBADNOTGOOD, the Alchemist, DJ Dahi, “J. Blake,” Sounwave, and others.
As a user on Reddit points out, Kendrick was wearing a shirt bearing the album title in the “HUMBLE.” video. In a tweet, BADBADNOTGOOD revealed that they worked on the track “LUST.” with DJ Dahi and Sounwave, and Kaytranada contributed vocals.
In a recent interview, Lamar discussed the album, saying, “My focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork. To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore.”
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Watch the “HUMBLE.” video:
“HUMBLE.” featured in Pitchfork’s Best New Tracks of March 2017 countdown—watch it below:
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