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The Internet Is Going Wild With Rumors Of Another New Kendrick Lamar Album

Kendrick Lamar on stage. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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Kendrick Lamar dropped DAMN on Friday, leading to a total national meltdown at the face of new material from possibly our greatest living rapper. After releasing The Heart Part 4 and Humble in the past couple weeks, it was obvious the album would be a total banger. Leaks for the album appeared late Thursday night before the streams and pre-orders became available after midnight early Friday morning. The album features secretive producer Bekon, legend The Alchemist, U2, Rihanna, Zacari, and a straight up Mac Demarco beat courtesy of The Internet's Steve Lacy.

But is it really Kendrick's only album release this week? That's a question on the minds of certain internet sleuths, and their answer is no.

A member of the Kendrick Lamar subreddit posted a conspiracy a few days ago about a possible second album this weekend, and the theories run deep. Let's run through the list of all the speculation fodder: imagery of Christ and religion in the Humble music video, the release of DAMN on Good Friday, the devil horns of the "M" on the album cover, the switch from red wall to blue wall in Kendrick's cover photo on Spotify, the anagram of the last letters of each track title to read "Earth Led 2 Death," a tweet from producer Sounwave with a photo of Morpheus from The Matrix, a possible title of NATION for the second album in order to spell out "DAMNATION", a release on Easter Sunday to complete the fall and rise from Good Friday, and countless other ideas.

DAMN, while an amazing album, is fairly straightforward, whereas good kid, M.A.A.D. City and To Pimp A Butterfly wove strong, cryptic, mythological narratives. The idea of a second album to complement and offer more depth to the first record isn't totally far off, especially in our current era of surprise album releases. I guess we all have to wait until Sunday to find out.

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