Kendrick Lamar Talks Macklemore Text, Could Release New Album in 2014

ScHoolboy Q, Top Dawg and Kendrick Lamar photographed at The Loew's New Orleans Hotel on February 15, 2014
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"That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," says Lamar, who could release his next album in September.

According to Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith, plans are in motion to release a new Kendrick Lamar album this year. Lamar has also followed up on Macklemore's apologetic text that resulted from Lamar's loss at the Grammys for best rap album.

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After getting shut out at the GRAMMYs this year, Lamar received a text from Macklemore, to whom he lost best rap album, saying that Lamar "got robbed." In the cover story in the newest issue of Billboard, Lamar touched on the text: "That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," he said. "However it panned out, I wish him much success. He touched people’s souls, and no one can take that away. Really, the whole GRAMMY moment was incredible. Not everyone gets that shot."

Also in the new cover story: Tiffith indicated that a new Lamar album could hit later this September.

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Top Dawg co-president Dave Free also revealed that rap supergroup Black Hippy -- which consists of Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul -- could make an appearance of some sort in 2014, though it's unknown whether any sort of release could come of it.

The currently untitled Lamar release follows his "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," which debuted in 2012 to critical acclaim and sales of 242,000 copies in its first week. The album scored nominations at this year's GRAMMYs, including one for album of the year and another for best rap album.

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