Kendrick Lamar Releases The Title, Artwork & Tracklist For His New Album
For the last several weeks, Kendrick Lamar has apparently dropped cryptic social media posts and lyrics surrounding his next album. Initially, his March social media posts with “IV” had many fans believing K-Dot may be using a numeral title for what would be his fourth major label release. That week, as “The Heart Part 4” released, that speculation largely subsided. As fans moved from April 7 to April 14 for release date to his symbolic follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly (as ’16’s untitled unmastered. was a compilation of session carryovers), Lamar gave away the answers this morning.
In the early hours of April 11, the TDE superstar confirmed some details about his fourth LP. Titled, DAMN., the 4/14 LP has artwork as straightforward as its name. As is the case with video single, “HUMBLE.,” all 14 songs are single words, stylized in all capital letters, with a period. Known for cohesive themes, titles, and artwork, the Compton, California MC seems to be up to something once more.
Per Kendrick’s Instagram post, there are two vocal guests on this album: Rihanna and U2. RiRi’ appears on “LOYALTY.,” while the Irish Pop band collaborates on “XXX.” Fronted by Bono, U2 previously worked with Kendrick collaborator, Mary J. Blige. Like K-Dot, the band has been a longtime Interscope Records backed act.
Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder also confirmed that he is involved with the album, having produced the song “DUCKWORTH.,” which is Kendrick’s last name.
The text tracklist to DAMN. is as follows:
LOYALTY. (featuring Rihanna)
XXX. (featuring U2)
On his last effort, Kendrick Lamar involved two Rap peers, including Snoop Dogg and Rapsody, as well as iconic R&B/Funk musicians Ronald Isley and George Clinton.
As he has done in the past, upon making the social announcement, Kendrick deleted other Instagram posts, leaving just the latest additions.