Kendrick Lamar's New Album: Everything We Know

The details of the long-anticipated follow-up to 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' have been kept largely under wraps. Here's all the info that's out there

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It Will Be Politically Charged
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It Will Be Politically Charged

Like D'Angelo's Black Messiah, To Pimp a Butterfly is informed by the recent tragic killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "To me, the album is perfect for right now. If the world was happy, maybe we'd give you a happy album. But right now, we are not happy," Digi+Phonics producer Mark "Sounwave" Spears tells Rolling Stone .

As producer Terrace Martin tells Billboard of the recent single "The Blacker the Berry," "What [Lamar] is talking about is a perfect time for what's going on in life. It's a soulful record, it's a record that needed to be done, and it's like the modern times of Public Enemy. It's a black record. It's a record about being black and being proud at the end of the day."

Martin is strictly instructed by the rapper not to indulge any specific details about the upcoming LP, but the producer does offer up, "I know [Lamar's album] is going to touch somebody. I wanna say, 'It's gon' be big and the world gon' change over night and Obama gon' chill with us and the police gon' stop killing brothers and blacks can walk around safe,' but I can't say that."

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