Did Kendrick Lamar Just Announce His Fourth Album on Instagram?
Kendrick Lamar has fans in a frenzy.
After wiping his Instagram page clean, the rapper simply posted "IV," early this morning (March 23) which many people assume is an announcement for his fourth studio release.
In an interview with T Magazine about a month ago, the Compton-reared rapper called his next 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.”
Kendrick's previous studio releases include Section .80 in 2011, his major label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City in 2012, To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015 and Untitled, Unmastered in 2016, which is considered a "project" not an actual album. If that's the case, IV would make sense as his fourth album—or it could be his fourth major label release, not counting Section .80.
At any rate, K.Dot certainly has people speculating (and calculating). Any time Kendrick decides to drop a new project, it's a good day.