Be still your beating heart: Kendrick Lamar is back with a new track, "The Heart Part 4."
The fourth installment in the hip-hop star’s “The Heart” series arrived ahead of midnight as an exclusive with Apple Music.
“The Heart Part 4” is the first lifted from Lamar’s forthcoming fourth album and it’s the multiple-Grammy winning star’s first release this year.
On the Axl Folie, The Alchemist, Syk Sense and DJ Dahi-produced track, Lamar gets the blood pumping with some typically heated rhymes. “I'm satisfied when I strategize my kid's future/I ain't sanctified enough to say that I won't shoot ya/I done vandalized the industry for a circuit/The Earthy-ist slash thirsty-ist n---- you know, versus this scum of a lamb that transcends two surfaces,” he raps.
He also comes for Donald Trump and teases a potential release date: "You know what time it is, ante up, this is in forever/Y'all got 'til April the 7th to get ya'll sh-t together."
Lamar teased the track earlier in the day when he posted the Roman numeral "IV" on his Instagram, prompting a wave of hype and hollering that a new album would drop in time for the weekend. That turned out to be wide of the mark though the Compton rapper’s track should keep the heart pumping until album No. 4 arrives, whenever that may be.
A new full-length LP will be the follow-up to his 2015 masterwork To Pimp a Butterfly which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and earned Lamar five Grammys, including best rap album.