Fans anxiously waiting for Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated good kid, m.A.A.d city are going to have wait just a little longer. Interscope Records has announced Monday, October 22, as the new release date for K-Dot's major-label debut. It was previously scheduled to drop October 2.
We have a feeling it won't get in the way of Kendrick's burgeoning stardom. The 25-year-old has been rap's most talked about upstart in the wake his 2010 mixtape, O(verly) D(edicated), and last year's indie album Section.80. Fellow Compton native Dr. Dre didn't waste time, locking him down with a deal to his Aftermath imprint, a subsidiary of Interscope. Dre and another former protege, Snoop Dogg, crowned Kendrick the “new King of the West Coast” at a show last year; earlier this year, he performed alongside Dre at Coachella.
And the album, though delayed, has already produced some goods: the Dre-assisted hit single “The Recipe,” and the woozy, T-Minus-produced “Swimming Pools (Drank).” He has even recorded a song with his homie Lady Gaga called “Partynauseous,” which is also expected to make the cut.
Kendrick will ramp up the buzz for the album even further by headlining BET's Music Matters Tour this fall, with help from Stalley, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock.
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(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)