Today (Friday) was a bittersweet day for Kendrick Lamar fans.
On the teaser track “The Heart Part 4,” K-Dot put the rap world on notice, letting folks know they have until “April the 7th” to get their [stuff] together. Many took that to mean that Kendrick planned to drop an album or some kind of project today. But all that fans got was an announcement and a pre-order page.
A listing for a Lamar project — currently titled “ALBUM” — appeared on iTunes late Thursday night, listing an “expected release” date of April 14th.
- Key word is expected. That means the project could come sooner — or later.
- He’s still building buzz by keeping many details secret. Are there features? Is the album really just called “Album”? We’ll have to wait and see.
- Was he really just trying to let us know when the album would be available for pre-order? Or could it still drop later today?
- The only thing we know for sure is that the album features the single “Be Humble.”
- U2 are credited as composers on the album — could that mean they’re sampled or featured on a track?
- He gave Joey Badass‘s new album a little time to breathe.
- Big Sean has more time to prepare a response now.
Kendrick Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominations
1. Best Rap Song1 of 16
2. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration2 of 16
3. Best Rap Performance3 of 16
4. Best Rap Performance4 of 16
5. Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media5 of 16
6. Best R&B Album6 of 16
7. Best R&B Song7 of 16
8. Album of the Year8 of 16
9. Record of the Year9 of 16
10. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance10 of 16
11. Best Urban Contemporary Album11 of 16
12. Best R&B Album12 of 16
13. Best Music Video13 of 16
14. Best R&B Performance14 of 16
15. Best Rap Album15 of 16
16. Best Traditional R&B Performance16 of 16