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When is Kendrick Lamar releasing a new album?


Go ahead and rank Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming album as perhaps the most anticipated album not just in hip-hop, but in all genres of music right now. The last time Lamar released an album was in 2017, when DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and won a Pulitzer Prize for Music in addition to the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. The years since have been filled with rumor after rumor about Kendrick Lamar’s next album, including confirmation that his next release will be his final album with the TDE Records label he’s been with since day one. And with each subsequent piece of information, we get closer to knowing when that long-awaited release will arrive.

When is Kendrick Lamar releasing a new album?

Last August, Kendrick Lamar posted a note on his website oklama.com, where he said: “As I produce my last TDE album, I feel joy to have been part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years.” This rekindled enthusiasm for the new album, which was later fueled by Lamar’s Spotify avatar change in October. It was the first time since the avatar change in 2017 (the same year DAMN. came out of. Coincidence?) Then at the Day N Vegas festival in November, he closed his performance by telling the crowd, “Vegas until next time! And when I say next time, I mean very soon.

As 2022 arrived, a new batch of rumors swirled, including that he would be debuting new music ahead of his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance. This turned out to be an unsubstantiated report pushed by radio host Ebro Darden. But the latest Kendrick Lamar news is the juiciest: Italy’s Milano Summer Festival posted on its Instagram page (in Italian, of course) that not only will Lamar be performing at the June 23 festival, but that he’ll be “playing the tunes of the new album, long awaited by fans. We speak now.

Depending on how you look at this statement from the Italian festival, chances are he’s performing there before the album is released. Which would mean we’re looking at a summer release. That would keep Lamar eligible for the 2023 Grammys, as the deadline is usually late September.

Meanwhile, Lamar is currently down Pimp a butterfly on Spotify The Big Hit Show Podcast. While TDE’s Terrence “Punch” Henderson shared that he felt like Lamar was “ready to build his own thing,” following his latest TDE album.