Since dropping his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, eight years ago in 2012, Kendrick Lamar’s leveled up with each release, going from emerging rap star to multiplatinum-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning icon by the time he dropped Damn. in 2017. These accomplishments leave the tantalizing question of what’s next for his new album. No one with knowledge from the Top Dawg Entertainment camp has said for sure. Last January, producer Thundercat said he worked on K-Dot’s new album, but that’s never been confirmed by the rapper or his team.

In an i-D magazine interview from late last year, Kendrick said the search for something new was holding up his new album. “I spend the whole year just thinking about how I’m gonna execute a new sound, I can’t do the same thing over and over,” he said in an interview he conducted with his cousin and 2020 XXL Freshman Baby Keem. “I need something to get me excited.” For fans, the imminent release of a new K-Dot album is something to get excited about. While there is no set release schedule right now, it’s guaranteed to feature excellent rapping and lyrics with substance.

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