Sunday 22 September 2019

U2 and Kendrick Lamar join forces for new song but some fans are unhappy

Kendrick Lamar and U2 have collaborated on a new song
Kendrick Lamar and U2 have collaborated on a new song

Joe Nerssessian and Sasha Brady

US rapper Kendrick Lamar has confirmed his latest album features a collaboration with U2 as he unveiled the record’s track listings and artwork.

The album, titled Damn, is Kendrick’s third studio record and features an appearance from Rihanna on Loyalty and a track called xxx featuring U2.

The musician posted the 14-track album’s artwork on Twitter on Tuesday morning, with the cover featuring him standing in front of a brick wall in a simple white T-shirt.

It is not understood if the song is a collaboration with U2 or if the rapper just samples a track from the Irish rockers' catalogue.

Kendrick Lamar's album artwork for Damn
Kendrick Lamar's album artwork for Damn

Fans were excited by the presence of a Rihanna collaboration but some were unsure about Kendrick's partnership with Bono and Co.

Damn is the follow-up to 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly. It was made available to pre-order on iTunes last week under the title ALBUM.

Composer credits on the pre-ordered album list James Blake, Steve Lacy of The Internet, DJ Dahi, BadBadNotGood, 9th Wonder and The Alchemist.

It hasn't been confirmed if these artists will be on the album titled DAMN.

Lamar recently described the album as “very urgent,” saying he wants to return to “addressing the problem” the way he did on To Pimp A Butterfly.

“I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” Lamar told The New York Times.

"To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem,” he continued. “I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. 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.”

Damn is out on Friday.

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