Kendrick Lamar Unveils ‘Damn’ LP Cover & Tracklisting + Drake Leads Billboard Awards Noms + LeToya Luckett Readies ‘Back 2 Life’ Album
We’ve got music updates that you can use. Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to drop his new album DAMN with releasing the coverart and tracklisting, Drake is scooping up Billboard nominations and LeToya Luckett has a new LP coming soon. Details inside….
Hope you’re ready, because Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to drop some heat. We’ve already heard a sample of what’s to come with the release of his single “Humble.” Now, details about his newest musical offering have dropped.
To follow up his critically acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly and last year’s compilation album untitled unmastered, DAMN is the title for his next LP. It will include features from both ends of the music spectrum, including Rihanna and U2.
Producer credits include Mike WiLL Made-It, BADBADNOTGOOD, the Alchemist and more.
In a recent interview with the NY Times’ T magazine, he revealed the focus of his new album is solely on speaking for the communities that don’t have a voice.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Sounds like he’ll be touching on hot topics that affect the world we live in. And if the other track are anything like “Humble,” we’re totally here for it.
Peep the tracklisting below:
DAMN is expected to drop this Friday, April 14th after being pushed back from an April 7th release date.
In awards show news....
All hail the champagne papi.
Drake is currently leading the pack for the most 2017 Billboard Awards nominations. He earned 22 nominations along with The Chainsmokers.
He’s up for awards in several categories, including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top R&B Song, Top Songs Sales Artist, and plenty more.
For Top Male Artist, the Young Money rapper is up against The Weeknd, Future, Justin Bieber, and Shawn Mendes. He’ll be battling it out with his former homie-lover-friend Rihanna in the Top R&B Song category. His track “One Dance” is up against RiRi’s “Needed Me,” The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” and Bruno Mars’ “24k Magic.” However, Drizzy and Rih will join forces for a win in the category as their hit collaboration track “Work” is also nominated in the category.
Speaking of Rihanna, she’s up for 14 Billboard Awards. The Weeknd nabbed 13 nominations and Beyonce has 8.
Check out the full list of nominees here.
Another album ready to hit the streets...
LeToya Luckett is ready to make a splash on the music scene.
Today, she announced her third solo studio new album Back 2 Life will be released on May 12th via Entertainment One Music after a seven-year hiatus.
The 13-track LP will include features from Ludacris and production by Andre Harris, Warryn Campbell and more.
LeToya released the title track and lead single “Back 2 Life" accompanied with a video that featured “Being Mary Jane” star Thomas Q. Jones. In case you missed, check it out HERE.
Photos: Kendrick's IG/Getty