Kendrick Lamar Slams The Opposition On 'The Heart Part 4' & Announces Potential Album Release Date
Well, we were warned.
Kendrick Lamar has dropped 'The Heart Part 4,' which seems like more like a verbal tip about his upcoming album than a lead single. The track, released Thursday evening (March 23), has what all K-Dot fans want–bars that highlight the political climate and a surprising warning to an unknown frenemy.
The track also has origins within the musician's previous projects. "The Heart Part 1" resides on KDot Drops, "Part 2" on O(verly) D(edicated) and the third as a group effort with TDE brothers Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Each version plays out Kendrick's thoughts on his family and society's most strenuous woes.
Speaking with VIBE in 2011, the rapper opened up about the series and declared "Part 2" as his favorite. "I was in that space where I just felt like I gotta get all this off my chest," he said about the tracks. "I gotta get my city off my chest, my family, I’m talkin’ about my uncles in there, I’m just talkin’ about me, success, struggle – that’s where I was at. The only way I’ma do a Part 3 is when I feel like – I feel like I’m still in that pocket, but I haven’t gotten further to talk about something else."
Aside from the varied beats and an official release date for an album or single (April 7), Kendrick also takes aim at President Donald Trump and perhaps, another rapper.
My fans can't wait for me to son ya punk a**, and crush your whole lil sh*t I'll Big Pun ya punk a** you a scared little bi**h
Tiptoe-in around my name ni**a ya lame and when I get at you homie don't you just tell me you was just playin'
Oh I was just plain' with you K-Dot, you know a ni**a rock with you bro
Shut the f**k up, you sound like the last ni**a I know
Might end up like the last ni**a I know
Oh you don't wanna clash ni**a I know
I put my foot on the gas, head on the floor, hoppin' out before the vehicle crash, I'm on a roll
In a previous interview with The New York Times, the rapper said for his next album, he'd like to explore his faith on a deeper level." 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.”
Check out "The Heart Part 4" below.