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Stop everything and listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album

This is not a drill.


Austin Powell


Published Mar 4, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 3:25 am CDT

Kendrick Lamar has debuted new material on the biggest of stages: the Grammys, The Colbert Report and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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Now he’s packaged those songs together on an eight-song album, Untitled Unmastered, that’s streaming right now on Spotify. It’s so not much a sequel to To Pimp a Butterfly but an addendum: It’s as if he’s giving away for free what could easily be sold as a “deluxe edition” reissue of his critically acclaimed 2015 album.

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Rest assured: These aren’t just scraps left on the studio floor, either.

“You see all these performances on these late-night shows—I got a chamber of material from the album that I was in love where sample clearances or something as simple as a deadline kept it off the album,” Lamar told last month. “But I think probably close to 10 songs that I’m in love with that I’ll still play and still perform that didn’t make the cut.”

If you’re not on Spotify, you can buy the album on iTunes, or check it out on Apple Music and Tidal.

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2016, 1:28 pm CST