Kendrick Lamar has been busily dropping Instagram hints, singles, and a singularly incredible, “skull-driving” (and totally GIFable) music video, so the whole damn world is waiting with bated breath for the moment when the rapper finally, definitively, releases his fourth studio album. More precisely, based on the last line of his single “The Heart Part 4,” we were given a deadline: “Y’all got till April the seven to get y’all shit together,” Lamar rapped. Well, tonight that deadline got extended, as the official (and officially vague) Apple page for the album bumped the release back a week to April 14 — a mere two days before Kendrick is set to headline Coachella. You can see further details of the release if you preorder, including a composer list that includes James Blake, BadBadNotGood, The Alchemist, Mike WiLL Made It and U2. Yeah. So, sit down, be humble: The official follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly is a week away, and it’s going be interesting.
Kendrick Lamar. Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express