It sure seems like Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album is on its way based on his Instagram. The Compton rapper deleted everything from his IG except one photo, which he posted Thursday morning—a photo bearing the Roman numeral for the number 4.
This would mark the third straight year Lamar has released a project, on the heels of To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) and Untitled Unmastered (2016). Naturally, most hip-hop fans were ecstatic with the news (or the appearance of news). Who wouldn’t want another Kendrick album?
Some Beyoncé fans took issue with the post, though. Four has been a prominent number throughout Beyoncé’s career. Her fourth album was titled 4 (2011), and her daughter is named Blue Ivy (as in I.V.).
Most fans’ reactions were jokes, but some seemed to actually take it seriously. The Hive is a dangerous place.
It’s worth noting we have no idea if Kendrick is actually going to title his album IV or if he was just sending out a heads-up that his fourth album is on its way. If it’s titled IV, OK, the Hive will probably have a legitimate complaint.
But we don’t know that yet. For the time being, everyone can settle down.