Kendrick Lamar hints at long wait for new album

Rapper says he's going 'to put all the paint on the wall and see where that goes'

Kendrick Lamar has hinted his new album may not be ready for some time.

The rapper followed 2015’s acclaimed ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ with the stopgap release ‘Untitled Unmastered’ release in March, which consisted of demos and improvised songs from the ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ sessions.

In an interview with producer Rick Rubin for GQ, Lamar said his next album is still at the planning stages and that it was too soon to hint at how it might sound.

Lamar said: “I have ideas, and I have a certain approach. But I want to see how it manifests. I want to put all the paint on the wall and see how that goes.”

He added: “’To Pimp A Butterfly’ will always have some type of DNA in my music. But me, as a person, I grow. I’m like a chameleon. That’s a gift and a curse, but more so a gift, because it never puts me in a box. My ability to express and still make the connection wherever I go, that’s my high point. That’s something I pride myself on.”

Lamar also praised Eminem in the interview, saying he influenced his own music.


The pair collaborated on ‘Love Game’ on Eminem’s album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’ and Lamar said: “I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid. How I got in the studio was all just curiosity. The day I heard ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, I was just ‘How does that work? What’s he doing? How is he putting words together like that? What’s the track under that, an ad-lib?’ His timing is impeccable. When he wants to fall off the beat, he’s impeccable. These are things that, through experience and time, I had to learn.”

Lamar revealed he now meditates for half-an-hour every day, because “I have to understand the space I’m in and how I feel at that moment.”