Kendrick Lamar Reportedly Finishing Up Rock-Influenced New Album

Kendrick Lamar is rumored to be finishing up a new album and the sonic direction might surprise you.

On Saturday (January 11), Bill Werde, former Billboard editorial director and columnist for the outlet, shared some insight on K Dot's follow-up to 2017's DAMN. "Did anyone not named Beyonce release better, more meaningful back-to-back albums last decade than Kendrick Lamar? Are you interested to know that I hear from several friends that recording on the new album may finally be done? And that he’s pulling in more rock sounds this time?" he told his followers. "A lot of huge albums expected in 2020. I’ll be surprised if there’s one I listen to more closely the first time than this one."

Werde followed up his comments, emphasizing that an artist timeline for completing an album changes from act-to-act. "Also, just to be clear, just because recording had hit a point where folks believe it may be finished — albums go back to the studio all the time after this point, and for a million different reasons," he explained.

Lamar has a history of sonic genre-bending when it comes to his discography, particularly with the jazz influence heard throughout To Pimp a Butterfly.

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