Kendrick Lamar has officially bestowed his new album, DAMN., upon us tonight (April 14). The 14-track LP features "Loyalty" with Rihanna, "XXX" with U2, "Love" featuring Los Angeles rapper Zacari and more, along with previously heard track "Humble." Click here to stream the record via Apple Music or through Spotify below. "The Heart Part 4" does not make an appearance.
While it was technically supposed to come out without any previously announced release date or the typical pre-hype and fanfare that accompanies a major artist's new album, there was a major bump in the road when the record was nowhere to be found last Friday. And of course, many fans were disappointed when they were met with a blank iTunes or Spotify page.
Yet those paying attention would have caught a few hints as to when Cornow Kenny initially meant to drop DAMN. On "The Heart Part 4," the first song Kendrick released out of nowhere, he ends the track with the lyric, "You know what time it is, ante up, this is in forever / Y'all got 'til April the 7th to get y'all shit together."
Most thought this was him confirming the release date of the record since the end of "The Heart Part 3" ended with the lyric, "Will you let hip-hop die on October 22nd?" which was the date his criticially acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city album dropped in 2012. It also happens to be the day Tupac will be inducted as the first rapper inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
DAMN. comes after 2015's GRAMMY award-winning album To Pimp a Butterfly. Dive into with the album and keep the Kendrick love going with a #TBT clip of Lamar telling us about bringing hope and pride to his hometown of Compton back at Coachella in 2012: