Kendrick’s surprise release will be performed at Bluesfest
IT HAS no fancy name, no artwork cover, and was released without any noise, but Kendrick Lamar's Untitled Unmastered has already hit the top spot in many countries since its release on March 3.
Byron Bay audiences will be one of the first to listen to the new songs when he performs live at Bluesfest this Easter.
Lamar has said the release is a 'project' instead of an album, and it contains a set of recordings originally made in 2013 and 2014, in preparation for his last album, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015).
The bootleg style of the release goes to the extent of each song being identified as 'untitled' and then a number 1 to 10, plus a date.
Untitled Unmastered, with its lack of marketing and fanfare, makes it seem like a minor release for hardcore fans, rather than a follow-up to last year's release.
But this new release is a music body on its own, and a terrific one.
Bossa nova, progressive jazz, psychedelic rock and hip hop merge in a very interesting work of art.