Kendrick Lamar has spoken. After much anticipation, the Compton rapper has revealed the release date for his long-awaited debut.
The album will arrive on October 2 via Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope, he told R&R Productions backstage at his show in Camden Town, London.
He is working closely with his TDE production team Digi-Phonics. “I really just kept everything in-house, the people that I’ve been grinding with since day one,” said the Black Hippy leader. “They know me, they know my sound, and I feel they’re the best. It’s really tight-knit who I’m involved with.”
Aside from Dr. Dre, who appears on the first single “The Recipe,” he is steering clear of the usual names. “A lot of people get to this position where I’m at and they feel like they’ve made it, so they wanna reach out to all the big producers,” explained Kendrick. “I still feel like I need to go out and show and prove that I stand alone on my own two feet creatively, and that’s exactly what I’m gon’ do.”
While the title Good Kid, Mad City has been floating around, Kendrick has yet to officially name the album. “Let me personally announce the album date and ‘CORRECT’ title. Then its official,” he tweeted.
UPDATE: Kendrick’s debut will be titled good kid, m.A.A.d city, he confirmed on Twitter. “good kid, m.A.A.d city // by kendrick lamar. oct. 2nd,” he wrote.