Top Dawg Announces Kendrick Lamar’s Third Full-Length Studio Album
The Grammys may have gone to Macklemore, but what many have been wondering is, when will Kendrick Lamar put out a follow-up to his extremely successful 2012 release?
Lamar himself hasn’t said much. However, the CEO of his label, Top Dawg Entertainment, spoke with Billboard in a recent interview about their rise and upcoming releases – among them, some new material from the Compton-born rapper.
Because of the success of Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, Top Dawg has been pushing for Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron. But Lamar, whose record became the top-selling debut for a male hip-hop artist in 2012, also has more in store: Mainly, listeners should expect an album from him by September.
Right now, at least based on the interview, that’s all we know. Schoolboy Q and Lamar’s group, Black Hippy, are also expected to put out a full-length release later this year.
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City was not just met with critical acclaim, but as Lamar’s first major-label debut, it sold 242,000 copies its first week, as well. Preceding this was Section.80, released before Lamar was signed to Aftermath and Interscope. With just a release through iTunes, Section.80 sold over 100,000 copies.
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City involved working with a range of guest artists and producers, including Pharrell, Hit-Boy, Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, and several others. Singles included “The Recipe,” “Swimming Pool,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “Poetic Justice.”
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