Will The New Kendrick Lamar Album Address God + Religion?
In a fresh-to-def interview on The New York Times‘ T Magazine — artists Beck, Tom Waits and Kendrick Lamar share their thoughts on the importance of creation now, more than ever. The good kid from Compton, California caught our eyes when he addressed his sense of religion and God in the piece, which hints to elements of what the new Kendrick Lamar album might be referring.
“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,” K Dot told writer Wyatt Mason, who attended a recording session for the follow-up to To Pimp a Butterfly. “I’m in a space now where I am not addressing the problem anymore. ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem.”
While the Times did not get to hear any of the records being worked on, Kendrick did go into further detail as to what’s been on his mind since To Pimp a Butterfly came out. “[I’ve] been thinking about my little brothers. One little brother, he bigger than me, he’s 22. Another brother, he just turned 11. Family. My focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork.”
Joining the front lines with Lecrae and Chance The Rapper, Kendrick is helping to usher the communing divine—an energy where man attempts to converse directly with the creator. If speaking (see: prayer) things into existence is real then why not call out to God? Especially in a time where chaos reigns around every corner — the need to believe and execute said belief couldn’t come at a better time. With Cornrow Kenny attempting to tackle such a taboo subject, he is putting himself right in the line of fire of atheists and people who believe that there isn’t a Creator elsewhere in existence.
“Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel,” Kendrick said. Of course, millions are looking forward to seeing the next evolution in Kendrick Lamar’s growth as an artist, so when his next album drops, we’ll certainly be there with waiting ears to see how he comments on such a controversial subject.