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Kendrick Lamar returned to his hometown of Compton, California, this afternoon to sign copies of his critically acclaimed album Damn. As expected, the event attracted a huge turnout, with thousands of people lining up at the city’s Best Buy hoping to meet the Grammy-award winning rapper. A member of the TDE crew shared the appearance on an Instagram Live broadcast, which ended with some pretty big news. Or, at least, what sounds like big news.
At around the 21-minute mark, Kendrick looks into the phone, thanks his fans, and announces: “I got some more music.”
Of course, social media went wild with speculation.
But what did Kendrick mean? Because he didn’t elaborate, we’re not sure if he’s referring to a new album, a new single, or just speaking in a more general sense. Rumors of a second 2017 album began circulating immediately after K-Dot released Damn last week. A fan theory suggested he would drop a follow-up project sometime during Easter weekend. But, as we know now, nothing ever arrived.
Kid Capri added more fuel to the rumors after he revealed Kendrick recorded a lot of material that never made the album’s final cut.
“I came to the studio and recorded a lot of stuff, they took what they wanted, placed it where they needed to place it,” Capri told Mass Appeal. “I think they’ve got some more stuff—there are some more things—coming out later, but for right now, that’s what happened.”
So, were the fans right all this time? Does Kendrick have another album on deck? According to Damn producer Terrace Martin, it’s not a far-fetched theory.
“I’m a Beatles fan, and there’s a lot of conspiracies based on the Beatles and other shit. A part of me is like, ‘Man that’s just crazy,’” Martin told Complex about the second album rumors. “And then the other part is, shit, Kendrick may go to bed and may say, ‘Hey.’ I don’t know. We have a lot of music. We’re always recording, we’re always ready. That’s a Kendrick question right there.”
For now, we suggest you tune-in to his Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe on Friday. Maybe he'll give more than just an enlightened conversation...