Kendrick Lamar‘s long-serving engineer Derek “MixedByAli” Ali has hinted that the rapper’s forthcoming new solo album “might” be released this year.
Fans of the Compton rapper continue to eagerly await the follow-up to 2017’s ‘DAMN.’, which celebrated its fourth anniversary yesterday (April 14).
New solo music from Lamar has been promised for some time, with the president of his label Top Dawg Entertainment most recently suggesting back in January that new material was on the way.
Speaking to Complex News in a new interview, MixedByAli – who has worked on all four of Lamar’s studio albums to date – was asked about the possibility of new Lamar material.
“I would say every album that he has dropped since [2012’s] ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ has come with a different feeling, so just look forward to Kendrick obviously expressing himself in the most creative way – the most highest of the creative way,” MixedByAli said.
“How he works, I’ve never seen it before. The recording process, the thought process of piecing an album together and sequencing it. Things like that is what keeps guys like me great. Watching his work ethic… You would expect someone like [Kendrick] to be at home and sitting back: nah, he still comes in on time and is punctual.”
MixedByAli was then asked if Lamar’s next album would arrive in 2021, to which he replied: “It might, it might: you never know.”
“I spend the whole year just thinking about how I’m gonna execute a new sound, I can’t do the same thing over and over,” he said. “I need something to get me excited. I see you get frustrated sometimes because you want some new shit.”