Kendrick Lamar Calls His New Album ‘Urgent': ‘I’m Not Addressing the Problem Anymore’
Kendrick Lamar is further building anticipation for his new album, which is due out on TDE at some point this year.
In an interview with The New York Style Magazine, the Compton-reared rapper called the album "urgent," and said that although his much heralded work, To Pimp a Butterfly, focused on the "problem" his new work will focus on something else that's less talked about— God.
"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," he said. "To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system."
TPAB was a comprehensive piece of work that heavily touched on spirituality, as Kendrick thematically made claims to trying to outrun, outsmart and overcome the tempting "Lucy" (Lucifer). But according to this interview, perhaps the spiritual themes will increase, as he continues to grapple with his conscience, morality and mortality.
He further compares his new work to having a daughter who grows up and comes nto conflict with her father's views and expectations.
"When I say 'the little girl,' it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up," Kendrick said. "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."
Producer, saxophonist and frequent collaborator, Terrace Martin, spoke on the album late last year as well, saying that the new album will be "just as innovative" as TPAB. Needless to say, we can't wait to see what Kendrick has up his sleeve.