In about two weeks from now, it will have been two years since Kendrick Lamar released his now modern classic To Pimp A Butterfly. In the astounding follow-up to another critically acclaimed debut album good kid, m.a.a.d. city, which had a considerably more radio-friendly sound than TPAB, KDot embraced elements of jazz, soul, and funk while rapping like his life depended on it to show his latest transformation: as one of the most radical artists of our time.
Since then, he's released the project untitled unmastered. last May, which is generally regarded as the B-sides and outtakes of the recording sessions that would become TPAB, but as for a complete thematic work along the lines of his first two albums, we've heard nothing from Lamar's end.
That is until today, when T Magazine featured Lamar in a three-piece interview alongside Beck and Tom Waits.
Let's get something important out of the way: Wyatt Mason, the reporter doing the interview, was not able to hear any of the new music Kendrick was working on in the studio. That being said, it's clear that our boy has been working on his next big project, and when Mason touched on the current political atmosphere, and how Kendrick is one of the few artists whose music we could really use right now, all he said was, "it's very urgent."
Lamar continued to describe the album vaguely, relating to Mason having a daughter, as that's how he ultimately sees his music:
"This is what goes on in my mind as a writer. One day, I may have a little girl. And it's a girl in particular — funny you said that. She's gonna grow up. She's gonna be a child I adore, I'm gonna always love her, but she's gonna reach that one point where she's gonna start experiencing things. And she's gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it's the reality of it and you know she was always gonna get to that place. And it's disturbing. But you have to accept it. You have to accept it and you have to have your own solutions to figure out how to handle the action and take action for it.
"When I say 'the little girl,' it's the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up. We love women, we enjoy their company. At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure — things that most men don't want to hear. Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that's how I want this album to feel."