US rapper and song-writer Kendrick Lamar seems to have just teased the release of his latest album.
What would be his fourth studio album and follow up to 2015 release To Pimp a Butterfly was all but confirmed via his Instagram account.
His Instagram account has 4.1m followers, however, as of this morning only one post: a marbled square with the roman numerals IV.
It’s easy to make the link between this now solitary Instagram post and the possibility of it being an album announcement. If this as it is believed to be his latest album tease it probably references it’s his fourth album: Section.80 (I) (2001), Good Kid mAAd City (II) (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (III) (2015).
Kendrick Lamar’s rise has been so steep, the vinly for the original production of his third album (To Pimp a Butterfly) was added to the Harvard Library to acknowledge it’s cultural significance just last month.
Little is known about this potential new album. However, if it is to continue with the style of his last two albums, it will incorporate experimentation with funk and jazz intertwined with hip-hop/rap.
Capping off the past two years of big features, Kendrick Lamar contributed to The Weekndd’s Sidewalks this year on his own critically acclaimed album Starboy:
‘K-Dot’ told The New York Times just earlier this month that he planned to return to continue to ‘address the problem’ that was addressed in To Pimp a Butterfly. He said, “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork.”
Although we have no release date at this stage, we’ve got to assume a date will be announced on his social media once the hysteria of this post has cooled.