Kendrick Lamar has added substance to the rumours that his new albums are pending by registering a wealth of songs on ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
The institution with which the rapper has registered the tracks is a not-for-profit performance rights organisation. Kendrick fans have been desperate to hear a new album from the rapper, and it’s been over four years since he dropped the seminal masterpiece Damn.
Now, the wait looks almost over as he registers an array of new tracks. The titles include, ‘Before The Hangman’s Noose’, ‘Comfortable’, ‘Director’, ‘Fighter Theif In The Night’, ‘Fade To Black’, ‘Erika Kane’, ‘End Of The Line’, ‘Of Paupers And Poets’, ‘Believe’, ‘Driving Down The Darkness’, ‘End Of The Line’ and ‘Fell For You’.
Furthermore, he wrote a letter with fans explaining that his next record would be his last for Top Dawg Entertainment last month. He seemed emotional about the era coming to a close, yet, aware that now is the time to move on to the next chapter.
He wrote, “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone.
“Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.
“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators.”
He concluded, “As I continue to pursue my life’s calling. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all. See you soon enough.”
Lamar recently appeared on ‘Family Ties’ with Baby Keem, which marked his comeback and return from hibernation armed with some home truths that he needed to get off his chest.
It’s impossible to know when Kendrick will deliver his next album, as he has a penchant for keeping fans on their toes by dropping a record out of nowhere, and it could land whenever.