From GKMC to TPAB, we heard Kendrick Lamar tell tales from Compton, then we watched as he branched out to tell tales of those extended beyond the reaches of the county building. After Kendrick releases an album, I can’t help but wonder: “how in the world is he going to top this?” “This” became whatever project or album he had out at the time.
In a recent interview with New York Times, Kendrick spoke about his previously released albums and where his head is currently at.
“To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore,” he said. “We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God,” Kendrick said. “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.”
I would argue that Lecrae has been speaking and rapping about God for an extended amount of time but there’s room for what Kendrick is saying. Kendrick has always placed spiritual content within his music, so this is nothing new to us or him. The difference may be the amount of spiritual and divine content we hear on this upcoming album.
“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, Kendrick said.
It will be exhilarating to see what comes about this album that Kendrick is putting together. I hope he puts out a single soon, just so we can get a sense of his direction.