Kendrick Lamar Drops New Song 'The Heart Part 4'

Kendrick Lamar performing during New Years Eve in Las Vegas
Kendrick Lamar performing during New Years Eve in Las Vegas | © MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock

EDIT: Kendrick Lamar has released his first single of 2017, “The Heart Part 4,” a nearly five-minute track that details how Lamar’s life is entering a new phase and warns the competition to take a step back. Lamar closes the track with the line, “Y’all got ‘til April the 7th to get y’all shit together,” most likely alluding to the release of his fourth studio album in two weeks.
It’s expected that Kendrick Lamar’s follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly would drop at some point in 2017, but it appears that the Compton rapper’s new album will arrive sooner than later.

It’s not very often that Lamar takes to social media — he has only tweeted six times since the start of the year, and five of them were retweets — but on Thursday morning, he removed everything from his Instagram account and posted a picture with the Roman numerals “IV” and no caption:

Considering this will be Kendrick’s fourth studio album, we can only assume this post is alluding to its imminent release, or at least the release of its first single. The same image was also shared by renowned producer The Alchemist on his Twitter, leading to some speculation that the duo will collaborate on the record, but it was soon after removed.

“I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork. To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system,” Lamar told T.

When asked to describe what urgency sounds like, Lamar provided the following explanation:

“This is what goes on in my mind as a writer. One day, I may have a little girl. And it’s a girl in particular — funny you said that. She’s gonna grow up. She’s gonna be a child I adore, I’m gonna always love her, but she’s gonna reach that one point where she’s gonna start experiencing things. And she’s gonna say things or do things that you may not condone, but it’s the reality of it and you know she was always gonna get to that place. And it’s disturbing. But you have to accept it. You have to accept it and you have to have your own solutions to figure out how to handle the action and take action for it.
“When I say ‘the little girl,’ it’s the analogy of accepting the moment when she grows up. We love women, we enjoy their company. At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure — things that most men don’t want to hear. Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.”

It’s nearly impossible to predict the rollout process of Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment, often dropping albums at random with no hype whatsoever, so we will just have to wait and see how this Instagram overhaul develops. If a new track or album doesn’t arrive by Friday, we will at least get a little new Kendrick via Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ransom 2.

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