News: Kendrick Lamar's Long-Awaited Sophomore LP Countdown Begins

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 3:49PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After the hip-hop world exploded over Kendrick Lamar not landing a "Best Rap Album" Grammy award for his good kid, m.A.A.d. city album last month, the countdown for its follow-up has officially started.

According to K. Dot's TDE boss, Top Dawg, the long-awaited LP will arrive in September.

In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label's first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy - the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul - is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too. (Billboard)

Recently, Lamar revealed the only collaboration he had in mind involved singer Erykah Badu.

What do your lyrics say about you as a person? My lyrics say that I have morals, say that I have confidence, say I have weaknesses, say I have strong points, say l am a human being. Out of all the tracks you have written, which do you feel the most proud of now? The most proud of is tough, I've written a lot of tracks. If it had to be from this album, any one off this album really, sing about me, l'm real, Compton. Who will you collaborate with in the future? I'm really tight on collaborations, I always say Erykah Badu, that's it for now, that's always in the back of my mind. (I-D Vice)

Instead of complaining, K. Dot recently congratulated Macklemore for dominating the "Rap" category at the Grammys.

"It's well deserved; he did what he did, man," Kendrick said. "He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that's how it go." While Kendrick may have grounds to feel snubbed, he's hardly the first rapper to come up empty; hip-hop legends such as Snoop Dogg and Nas have been snubbed numerous times. "I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre," Kendrick said when asked if he thought the Grammys undervalued hip-hop (XXL Mag)

The West Coast rapper also spoke on the need for awards shows to place more emphasis on hip-hop.

"We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it's music as a whole, it's not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that's how it goes. And we are a part of that." (XXL Mag)

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