The Compton rapper says the meaning of the album's name will 'be taught in college courses someday'
Kendrick Lamar has revealed the name of his upcoming new album to be ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.
The record is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’, with the Compton rapper recently confirming that the full-length will be released on March 23.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lamar has also discussed the LP, which the publication say features songs that “range from the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive”.
Lamar describes the album as “honest, fearful and unapologetic” and says that the meaning of the album’s name will “be taught in college courses someday”. Lamar continues: “You take a black kid out of Compton and put him in the limelight, and you find answers about yourself you never knew you were searching for. There’s some stuff in there, man. It’s a roller coaster. It builds.”
Earlier today, Lamar shared the album’s artwork online. It features a number of men, women and children in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Lamar posted the following comment next to the image: “Don’t all dogs go to heaven? Don’t Gangsta’s boogie? Do owl shit stank? Lions, Tigers & Bears. But TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. Its the American dream n***a….”
So far two songs from the record have been revealed, including the most recent track; ‘The Blacker The Berry’. The song was produced by Boi-1da, and references the 2012 killing of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. It follows his last single ‘i’, which won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance last month.
Lamar will also 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.