Kanye West calls Kendrick Lamar an ‘inspiration’ and ‘gift to the world’

West thanks his fellow rapper for 'the vibrations and the spirit'

Kanye West has publicly praised fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar following the latter’s new album release.

Lamar released his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ a week earlier than expected yesterday (March 16). The album was originally due for release on March 23 but was made available early on iTunes and Spotify.

Taking to Twitter, West called Lamar an “inspiration” and said that his “meaning, message and execution” are “gifts to the world”. See the tweet below.

The pair previously toured together when Lamar supported West during North American dates of his ‘Yeezus’ tour during 2013.

Following the Compton rapper’s surprise release, the CEO of Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith, tweeted to “personally thank” label Interscope for “fucking up our release”, suggesting that the rush-release was actually a mistake.

‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’. Speaking in a recent interview about the album, Lamar said the music ranges from “the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive”.

Lamar will appear at Wireless Festival in July, as will Drake, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The event takes place between July 3-5 at Finsbury Park in London. Knife Party, Gorgon City and Childish Gambino join Kendrick Lamar and Avicii on July 4.

Meanwhile, Kanye West has been announced as a headline act for Glastonbury Festival 2015. The news has polarised fans, with an online petition being launched in backlash.