Listen: Kendrick Lamar Surprises With New Track, ‘The Blacker The Berry,’ Out Of Nowhere

Kendrick Lamar fans can rejoice: One of the best rappers working right now has dropped a surprise new track, “The Blacker The Berry.” Lamar’s newest track will likely rekindle hopes that the Compton-born rapper will release a new album in the near future, something Kendrick fans have been anticipating for months now.

Shout outs being necessary for this sort of thing, fans must tip the hat to Tumblr user King Jaffe Joffer, who hipped the world to the hype new release from Kendrick Lamar. It comes by way of the YouTube channel for Top Dawg Entertainment, which is remembered from promises and reports last year that a new Kendrick Lamar album would see release by September of last year.

Those promises didn’t materialize, of course, and the most Lamar’s fans got was a few Kendrick guest spots and the somehow both dark and ebullient “i,” which recently won Best Rap Performance at this year’s Grammys.

“The Blacker The Berry” finds Lamar on a different track from “i,” growling into the microphone about the state of African-Americans, and hinting at a hypocrisy that’s only revealed in the last few bars. The track does deliver one of Lamar’s promises, though: it’s definitely darker than much of what we’ve seen from him in the past. Last year, speaking about his forthcoming follow up to Good Kid, m.A.A.d city, Lamar said that he would be going for a darker tone on the as yet untitled album.

Even without a new album, Kendrick’s 2014 was a solid year. The rapper took the stage at last year’s Grammy Awards and delivered a rocking performance alongside fellow Interscope label mates, Imagine Dragons. That performance made bigger headlines than most of the awards handed out on the night, and the single of the Kendrick-Dragons collaboration shot up the charts on iTunes shortly after release.

[Lead image via MP3Wax.]