They say that an Internet rapper gets its wings when its major label debut album receives an official release date. If that's the case, congratulations are in order for Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, who have each announced release dates for their hotly anticipated debuts.
On Tuesday night (June 26), Lamar posted on Twitter that his debut would be called "good kid, m.A.A.d city," and will be arriving on Oct. 2. The experimental California rapper, whose acclaimed mixtape "section.80" was released last year, signed a deal last March with Interscope/Aftermath, which will presumably be handling the fall release.
Meanwhile, Harlem MC and Lana Del Rey BFF A$AP Rocky has set a Sept. 11 release date for his own debut, "LongLiveASAP." In an interview with Power 99 in Philadelphia, Rocky said that he's been working on the follow-up to his "LiveLoveA$AP" tape for about a year. "It's everything I did in the prior tape, but just better and matured and more advanced," he said.
Both rappers were featured performers at Coachella in April, and will entertain a new set of festival goers at the Pitchfork Music Festival next month in Chicago. "The Recipe," Lamar's single with Dr. Dre, clocks in at No. 44 on the current Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while Rocky's latest single "Goldie" jumps to No. 65.