UPDATE (4/11): Kendrick Lamar gave us a surprise treat this morning by posting the album artwork and tracklist for his new DAMN. album. The LP only boasts two features from big-time artist: Rihanna on "Loyalty" and U2 on "XXX." While surprise single "The Heart Part 4" isn't included on the tracklist, "Humble" does make a feature.
Look out for the follow-up to 2015's To Pimp a Butterfly this Friday (April 14).
"Y'all got till April the seventh to get y'all shit together," Kendrick Lamar told us two weeks ago, when he dropped the surprise Friday stunner "The Heart Part 4." We assumed, with K.Dot's deliberate nature and his position atop hip-hop, this was a warning shot promising an album.
The conviction strengthened last Friday, when he won the internet with the "HUMBLE." video. How could April 7 be anything less than an album, under these circumstances, after this razor-sharp lead-up? And April 7 brings neither a new Kendrick Lamar album nor single. It brings the release date for Kendrick's To Pimp a Butterfly follow-up: April 14, next Friday.
No title or list of titles for the 14-song effort yet, but the $9.99 pre-order's available, and "HUMBLE." is on there, track eight. The listing reads ALBUM, which is not the standard for an untitled LP's pre-order page. The cover art is also a big black box that features the parental advisory sticker. Is K.Dot about to give us an album called ALBUM with plain black cover art? Stranger things happen every day.
Pitchfork dug through the album credits available upon pre-ordering and found U2 among those credited; whether it's a collaboration or a sample remains to be seen. Also on there are Mike WiLL-Made It (we know he did "HUMBLE.," but let's get greedy and hope for even more), the Alchemist, DJ Dahi, Sounwave, 9th Wonder and one "J. Blake," which you can assume is the James you know and love.
Below, watch a throwback Fuse interview with Kendrick right after he dropped his breakout album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City in 2013: