Kendrick Lamar Discusses Aggressive, Emotional New Album

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.15.14 in News

As we continue to wait for official word of Kendrick Lamar’s eagerly anticipated new album, the MC has let a few more details loose in Rolling Stone (via Consequence of Sound). On one level, fans can expect an emotional listen that’s light on guest spots and full of aggression. Or as the MC put it, “I have so much to say. It’s almost selfish of me.”

As for the record’s theme, a couple songs will finish the sentences of Lamar’s last concept album, 2012′s good kid, m.A.A.d city. “There was a lot left out of good kid,” he explained. “It could have been a 30-track album. There are a few new [tracks] that can tie in with what I was talking about.”

“There were so many things I thought he was gonna talk about in good kid that he didn’t,” Kendrick’s manager, Dave Free, said in a Complex cover story last month, echoing Lamar’s comments. “All these other stories, shit that will blow your brain, have never been heard before because they’re just too personal. There’s still so much to be said. The question is, is he gonna say it?”

Listen to the official audio for “Never Catch Me” — a new Flying Lotus single that features Lamar’s spring-loaded rhymes — below. It’s due out on October 7 through Warp, as part of FlyLo’s You’re Dead! LP. Speaking of LA’s leading left-field producer, he recently weighed in on tracks he gave Lamar, blaming the delay of his Captain Murphy project on the rapper. “I went on tour and he recorded to a bunch of my songs,” he explained. “I don’t know if he’s gonna use them or not, but he recorded a bunch of stuff, which is why there’s no Captain Murphy album out yet. He took all my beats!”