Anticipation for the release of Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album is high. After his critically acclaimed debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, hip-hop fans have been anxious to get any information on his next LP. XXL recently caught up with legendary producer Pete Rock, who said that he’s working with Kendrick for his next album. “Kendrick Lamar, I worked with him on his new album,” he said.
Soul Brother No. 1 states that he’s actually does the hook for one of K. Dot’s songs off the former XXL Freshman’s upcoming LP. It’s somewhat similar to what he did for Nas on “The World Is Yours” off of Illmatic. “I did some scratching and I’m on the hook on one of his songs on his album,” said the New York native. “I’m really excited about that. It’s just a regular hook. I can’t really sing it to you, you’re just going to have to hear it.”
How did Kendrick Lamar and Pete Rock even meet? The superproducer says it was through text messages. “I met Kendrick through texts actually,” he said. ”I got his number and [we] had conversations through texts. Me and Ab-Soul were working together. I was already working with [Kendrick's] people. I did a song with ScHooolboy Q and Mac Miller where they took a old jazz beat of mine that I was surprised they used. I’ve been slowly working with TDE.”
Details have been rare, however, just last week TDE’s co-president Punch gave XXL a brief update and said that it’s too early in the process for Kendrick’s as-of-yet untitled LP to have a particular sound, but there is a concept in place. Producer Cardo also recently shared news with XXL that he was working on Kendrick’s approaching album. Back in February, Top Dawg Entertainment‘s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith hinted to Billboard that K. Dot’s LP will be released in September.—Emmanuel C.M.