Kendrick Lamar Finally Anounces Plans for New Album

In a short note, American rapper Kendrick Lamar has finally announced plans to release a new album after about a 4-year hiatus. Kendrick’s last album was titled DAMN, and was released in 2017.

However, it’s mixed feelings for K-Dot fans as the rapper said the forthcoming album would mark his last project with Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE), the label he has always referred to as his home since the beginning of his career.

Check out the note below:

I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence.

I go months without a phone.

Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family.

While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.

As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.

There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown.

Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all.

See you soon enough.

-oklama

Kendrick signed the letter using the alias “oklama,” a name he hasn’t used before.

Mere hours after Kendrick released his note, TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith chimed in by posting a note to his Instagram writing Kendrick’s next album will be a “victory lap” and that they have his “full support.”

If the 34-year-old rapper does indeed leave TDE after his next album, it may give him more time to focus on pgLang, a company he founded in March 2020 with former TDE president Dave Free. In past statements, pgLang made it clear it was not a record label and that their goal was “to build stories that are equally accessible and engaging, then fitting them within the best media.” However, Lamar’s cousin Baby Keem—who has been featured in pgLang promotional videos—has released songs like his recent Travis Scott collaboration “durag activity” under pgLang.

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