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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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Rapper Kendrick Lamar photographed at Hiphop Kemp 2013.

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UPDATE: Kendrick Lamar surprise-released his new album To Pimp a Butterfly one week early on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

In 2012, Kendrick Lamar's Grammy-nominated, radio-dominating major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was immediately measured by the same yardstick as earth-shattering albums like Nas' Illmatic and Kanye West's The College Dropout. And like those MCs before him, anticipation for Lamar's follow-up was — and remains — sky high.

However, besides a Grammy-winning standalone single, a bevy of feature performances, a missed September 2014 release date and new single, "The Blacker the Berry," there hasn't been a whole lot of concrete information out there regarding Lamar's March 23rd-bound return. Gathering the loose pieces from radio interviews, magazine features and our recent cover story, this is everything we can say about the record.

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 13: Kendrick Lamar performs at ONE MusicFest at Aaron's Amphitheatre on September 13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)

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Definite Inclusion: “King Kunta”

While the album was still unfinished at the time of our cover-story interview — Lamar had to finish it within the next five days — the rapper did share some new tracks. One of them, "King Kunta" is a funky stomper where Lamar assumes the role of the titular slave in Roots. Scott Vener, the music supervisor for Entourage heard it back in October and Tweeted: "After @Pharrell heard it. The first thing he said 'that song is so unapologetically black and AMAZING…those chord changes though. I can't wait for @QTipTheAbstract to hear this."

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