New Music: Kendrick Lamar Reminds Us to Stay “Humble” With the Release of His Latest Visual

Kendrick Lamar never fails to deliver. Not long ago, the Compton rapper dropped “The Heart Part Four” to the welcomed surprise of his fans and music aficionados alike. Fast forward a week later and “HUMBLE.” has now been release along with a new visual. So far, “HUMBLE.” is the first official single from Lamar’s highly anticipated fourth album.

Directed by Dave Meyers & The Little Homies, the new video includes very powerful, striking visuals of the artist’s hometown of Compton, his TDE crew, him standing in his home with targets from guns marking his white hoodie with red dots, standing in a group of guys with their heads all topped with flames, and more. Religious themes come into play in the video. In one scene, Lamar is depicted as a pope. In another, Lamar and friends are a part of a reimagining of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” painting.

A single like “HUMBLE.” is how you come out the gate running after a brief hiatus. From the lyricism to the tone to the themes – the track packs a punch that we’ve come to expect from Lamar. This single and “The Heart Part Four” are Lamar’s first releases since the March 2016 release of his acclaimed untitled unmastered compilation album.

There is some speculation that April 7th might be the project’s release date. In a recent interview with  The New York Times Style Magazine, Lamar described the culturally significant To Pimp a Butterfly as his way of addressing social problems, but says that he is done talking about the problem. “We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”

Watch K.Dot give us a taste of his new direction with “HUMBLE.” below.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.