Kendrick Lamar’s silence amid the trailblazing music releases, tours and projects of his hip-hop counterparts in 2017 has been somewhat unsettling for fans of the Compton-bred rap prodigy. But now that he’s brushed his Instagram clean of every post except one, possibly presaging a new project, K. Dot is mysteriously creeping back on the rap radar.
The minimalistic post is a simple photo of the roman numeral for the number four. Sans a caption or any explanation of its meaning whatsoever, it has already accrued over 200,000 likes and a comment section bursting with every question imaginable. The last we heard of the forthcoming project, the To Pimp a Butterfly rapper said that the album would address major issues of gang-torn communities and incorporate the omnipresence of God.
While there’s no mention of the number four, the most educated guess is that the post represents the soon-to-be arrival of his fourth studio album. But accompanied by no release date, title or surrounding Instagram posts to hint any further about the project, fans are now racking their brains with the unknown return of King Kunta.
See K. Dot's post and the number it's done on his anticipating fanbase below.
It's Kendrick season. Hide your favorite rapper.— SirShotty (@Shottyisms) March 23, 2017
Anyway. Kendrick ending Drake with IV pic.twitter.com/pH5V8B6sJn— mescudi 🙃 (@ashleyURIV) March 23, 2017
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LORD LET KENDRICK DROP SOMETHING SOON— KENYK LAMAR (@silokyn) March 23, 2017
It's Thursday + Kendrick just dropped a hint about his album today + Albums usually come out on Friday pic.twitter.com/nkcBUHJ9OY— Bruce Draper (@SithLordMakasu) March 23, 2017
Did someone say something about a new Kendrick Lamar album? pic.twitter.com/GdwN9J60Kr— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeagueTSL) March 23, 2017
Drake: I know I said top five, but I’m top two— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) March 23, 2017
And I’m not two and I got one
Thought you had one, but it's no...
Drake havin fun talking like he's the number one rapper, but then Kendrick walks into the room. pic.twitter.com/S8seeeYCEx— G.I. Jordan (@jordan_moore4) March 23, 2017
Me finding out there's new Kendrick out. pic.twitter.com/vktkvsuHGP— philip (@boywonderCT) March 23, 2017
When i saw kendricks post on instagram and we finally bout to get some new kendrick not hip-pop pic.twitter.com/PpgctiIFIz— Kdott (@_kdott_1218) March 23, 2017
Me enjoying More Life but this new Kendrick comin pic.twitter.com/dZ133zpsXl— Chuneo Mars (@LoveMCMXCVI) March 23, 2017
NEW KENDRICK?? pic.twitter.com/uI2FREkCsD— Mason London (@masonlondon) March 23, 2017
My nigga Kendrick really be shaking the game up with a single Instagram pic. Your favorite rapper could only wish to be as colossal.— STOP🚦 (@lilstoplight) March 23, 2017
My life hasn't been in tip-top shape lately, I can't stress how badly I need a dope Kendrick album to dive into for a while— Shut Up Shad 💥 (@ShadFer) March 23, 2017
When other rappers find out a New Kendrick Lamar album is coming pic.twitter.com/qKNf9zJ2rc— March 28th ♈️ (@TyeDashawn) March 23, 2017
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