Earlier this month Kendrick Lamar made a rare Twitter appearance to announce both the title and release date for his new album. Although the project was slated for a March 23 release, the highly-anticipated To Pimp a Butterfly has arrived a full week ahead of schedule.
Early this morning, the album surprisingly appeared out the blue on both iTunes and Spotify. A few days prior, an unconfirmed tracklist and leak of Lamar’s funk-driven track “King Kunta” appeared online. While fans everywhere were surprised by the album’s early arrival, the man himself responded to the frenzy with a mellow message via Twitter.
Keep calm. All is well.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 16, 2015
Kendrick may have been able to keep his cool, but the same can’t be said for some of his industry peers. Check out what everyone from Taylor Swift to Timbaland had to say about the surprise album.
KENDRICK PUT HIS ALBUM OUT EARLY. NO ONE TOUCH ME. @kendricklamar
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 16, 2015
boy this @kendricklamar album is seriouss. if you havent checked it please do. wow my dude kilt this joint
— Timbaland (@Timbaland) March 16, 2015
listening to the new @kendricklamar album and it’s amazing just as expected. go get it
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) March 16, 2015
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) March 16, 2015
— Killer Mike (@KillerMikeGTO) March 16, 2015
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) March 16, 2015
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