Kendrick Lamar hasn’t released a studio album since 2017’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece DAMN.
As K. Dot fans’ thirst for new material grows, Top Dawg CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith is providing a tiny bit of relief. During an Instagram Live session on Sunday evening (May 17), Tiffith provided a small update, writing, “Stay patient. King Kendrick will return soon.”
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The Compton-bred MC’s first proper studio album, Section.80, dropped in 2011 and he’s been dropping projects relatively consistently ever since. Following the release of DAMN., he returned with the Black Panther soundtrack, which he curated and produced alongside Tiffith.
While no other new information has been revealed about the next K. Dot album, longtime collaborator Thundercat did mention he “worked on the new [album] a little bit” during an interview with a Japanese outlet in March.
“I feel like Kendrick is and will be a beacon of what it means to be one of the more creative artists of our generation through the way the albums have twisted and turned,” he said of his friend. “It speaks beyond its years. Him as an artist, he inspired me a lot. A lot.
“I wish I could spend more time around him creating just because he gives off such energy and he knows what he wants a lot of time. Some of my favorite moments of recording are with Kendrick.”