Kendrick Lamar's much anticipated third major label album DAMN. is out now via TDE/Aftermath/Interscope although some global markets would have to wait till April 16th it seems. LeBron James posted multiple stories on his Instagram account showing him jamming out to Lamar's new album, Damn.
Since Butterfly, Lamar has been all over music news, making a name for himself as a true artist and risk-taker.
The album features U2 and Rihanna with additional credits from BadBadNotGood, Mike WiLL Made-It, Sounwave, the Alchemist, 9th Wonder, and more.
At the time, Lamar responded to the criticism on TMZ, claiming that his performance was meant to "preach hope, not violence". "The overall message is 'We gonna be alright.' Hip-hop is not the problem".
Almost two years later, Lamar is still clearly upset about the comments, and used the first three tracks on "DAMN" to respond.
Now, two years on, it appears the MC is even more fired up about the criticism, and has sampled Rivera's on-air comments on the first three tracks on DAMN., which was released on Friday (14Apr17).
James also played another track but didn't give away the title on one of his emoji-punctuated captions.
"Somebody tell Geraldo this nigga got some ambition", Lamar raps on DAMN. One of the biggest mysteries that fans are obsessing over, aside from the Easter Sunday theory, is the identity of producer Bekon.
Rivera continues to say that "Black Lives Matter avoids the central reality" and states that it's the issues within black communities that cause problems. It sounds like a bleak piece of introspection with Lamar brooding "I feel like the world ending and fuck you if you get offended".