American multi-instrumentalist and producer, Terrace Martin has finally released his new album, Drones. The brilliant new record features Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, James Fauntleroy and Snoop Dogg. The comprehensive new project explores the Black American experience, which Terrace describes as “Black Disneyland.”
Famously, Terrace Martin has contributed to all four of Kendrick Lamar’s studio albums: Section.80, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, To Pimp a Butterfly, and 2017’s Damn. Martin shot into the mainstream after he contributed a significant part to Lamar’s magnum opus, To Pimp a Butterfly. The credits involve producing mega-hit ‘King Kunta’, ‘The Blacker the Berry’ and more. He also contributed many instrumental parts to the album.
Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar broke his long-term radio silence when he appeared on multiple songs on Baby Keem’s debut album, The Melodic Blue, including ‘Family Ties’ and ‘Range Brothers’. In a statement released in August, he said he was working on his final album for long-term label Top Dawg Entertainment.
On a new website for an unknown project called ‘Oklama’, Kendrick shared a typically vague statement.
It read: “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.”
He continued: “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. 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. -oklama.”, Lamar concluded.
Listen to Terrace Martin and Kendrick Lamar collaborate on ‘Drones’ below.