Fans have heard more from Kendrick Lamar in the past three months than in the past three years.
From his guest spots on Baby Keem’s debut album The Melodic Blue to his headlining Day N Vegas set Friday (Nov. 12), Kendrick left fans with another hint about upcoming music during his performance this weekend.
Draped in a white, spiritually-influenced garment and cap, his heavenly aura shined through as he told festival attendees, “Vegas, ’til next time. And when I say next time, I mean very soon. I love y’all.”
“Very soon” could be alluding to a multitude of things (another show in Las Vegas, his album, another tour, who knows?), which was likely his cryptic intention. Friday was Kendrick’s first performance in two years and 11 days, and he sure made it well worth the wait.
He would close his set with the last portion, devoted to his newer self in the form of Baby Keem features, welcoming his erratic, in-fashion cousin Keem to share the stage with him. Afterwards, he would finish the set with a solemn performance of his good kid, m.A.A.d city song “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst.”
K. Dot began pre-heating his return to music on Aug. 20 with a letter to his fans, where he revealed his mind state, what he had been doing in his absence, his plans for an upcoming album and his impending departure from Top Dawg Entertainment — the label that has represented him his entire career.
As the year winds down, fans are left with a handful of new Kendrick features (some with Baby Keem, one with Terrace Martin), a stunning live performance, an upcoming Super Bowl Halftime performance in February and a new promise to be back “very soon.”
While it is important to not rush the artist, the gap between Kendrick’s last solo album and his next continues to grow gets more agonizing by the day.