Kendrick Lamar Says He Finished Recording His Debut Album

K. Dot declares his upcoming release his debut and explains what it means to him.

Kendrick Lamar has released a few projects over the past couple of years, including last year’s lauded Section.80, with plans to drop his debut album in 2012. Having worked with Just Blaze and Hit-Boy for the project, K. Dot spoke with TheSource.com to discuss the LP and revealed that he's finished recording it.

“That’s my debut album, it’s not really a follow-up [to Section.80]. It’s just going to have its own entity and its own space,” he said. “That’s set apart from everything. That’s my blood, sweat and tears. Something I’ve been working on my whole life, since the time I was born. It’s coming about. It’s ready right now, but I want to make sure it’s 110 percent right.”

Jay Rock, who joined Kendrick during the interview, said that the Black Hippy project has a few recorded tracks but each member is focusing on solo ventures at the moment.

Watch the full interview below.

RELATED: Kendrick Lamar Working With Just Blaze, Pete Rock On Next LP

121 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick Lamar is dope but highly overrated by Hip-Hop heads. Me being one..I will admit that.

  • Anonymous

    Basically Kendrick and Crooked I are the last west coast artists to be relevant in the game. It will be years even decades before the West becomes the top in the game again. Not counting Tyga coz he's a wannabe commercial puppet.

  • Anonymous

    k.dot got the juice now hahaha

  • Anonymous

    Simple: Best young rapper out

  • WU TANG FOREVER

    Hes saving the game

  • tecca

    This will defenetly be one of the best albums in 2012, unless he signs to aftermath and sells out which i really doubt. I dont hate weezy, i dont like him very much but i dont hate him. What i do hate though is all his ignorant arrogant fans who act like his label is the best when its clearly not. There is so much good music out there and all they rep is ymcm because of how popular they are. SALES mean SHIIIT come on people stop dickriding such a talentless mediocre label for fucks sake.

    • Anonymous

      Some of ur points are right, ymcmb has some really shitty rappers on their roster, but Cash Money Records has been around for 20+ years and has been one of the most successful influential record labels in rap. You can't diminish the impact that CMR has had on the game

  • Killa

    Album of the year.. hands down.. Section 80 was top 5 and that was just a PREVIEW

  • C-Dot

    He's a good rapper just not a good songwriter...Just because you can rap your ass off doesn't mean that makes up for crappy songs and concepts...You can't deny the man can rap...But as far as becoming a hiphop icon? No I don't think he has that ability...He does have a lot to learn and this album debut might actually be a lesson for him...

  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    Hating on Kendrick proves you dont understand hip hop, dude is mad talented..put out one of the best tapes in 2011. LMAO !!

  • Holland

    @ my fellow Dutchman I know about Kendricks C4, and jeah I also know he named Wayne an inspiration (sad but true) But I think its just like Phill said, he just want to reach a larger audiance (plus touring experience etc etc) hanging around Wayne has its profits in this sad state of Hip Hop unfortunately Why else would someone like Busta Rhymes sign a deal with YMCA records?, not to be a better MC believe on this one And yeah, Im starting to hate all that Wayne shit and his f*cking coon label too Everyday you have to read something about this half talented ass moron (it is what it is when you open a page on a Hip Hop site) I think its f*cking unbelievable, especially since there other rapper with much much MUCH more skills And dont start that ''everybody has his own opinion/musical taste'' bullcrap Because its true, they have, I know that But it sucks big time that almost every respectable Hip Hop magazine/site follow this stupid lame ass Wayne trend I wish it was all about skills & talent again F*ck a hype And f*ck these lame ass Wayne trolls who pop up everywhere It makes me sick

    • Anonymous

      Kendrick Lamar might not be so respected if it wasn't for the nigga wayne and the 20+ years of service he's done for the game...

  • phil

    Kendrick Lamar working with Drake makes me questions who he really is, but I guess he's just trying reach a larger audience.

  • i am from holland too

    funny thing is you guys all hate lil wayne and blabla well let me start that i personnaly dont like him that much either i had my lil wayne period in around 2007 to 2009 but after that he gone weak but did you guys know that one of kendricks projects is based all on lil waynes music he made a mixtape called: c4 and it's full of beats from tha carter 3 and also k.dot said that lil wayne is one of his inspiration to start rappin so if you are a kendrick lamar fan you shouldnt go hate blind on weezy

  • Holland

    @ So Icy Toy! Or should I say, troll a.k.a Yessir You ask, who he is But you know Section 80 Talk about your friends? When they ''smart'' just like you No wonder they aint listening to Kendrick Lamar A little bit of brain activity would do the trick Now clown on, you weird troll

  • So Icy Boi!

    who is this nigga? lmoa. Section 80 was da worst mixtape of 2011. my friends aint listenin to Kendrick Lamar. dis nigga is soft as fuck. swag

  • wow

    Yo in dont matter who k.dot signs too he's a beast why yall hating on him him and cole are the best two lyricist out from the younger cats. Its funny how people say cole isnt a great lyricist when he really is, also its not about just lyrics it's also the intangibles. Cole got heart when he raps you can feel every bar he makes you believe in what he is saying but some of yall dont get that you like rappers with swag yet a lot of them have no emotions behind what they spit.

  • Holland

    @ Yessir Just because somebody is on that wack ass label, doesnt mean people start hating a talented artist (maybe some trolls like you) But when the music is good, people (fans of real Hip Hop) still keep supporting those artist (Anyway, I hope so) Me personally, I just skip the songs that Ft Lil wayne and his no talent ass clowns (Cause I only like 1 song that Ft Wayne, ''My Life, from Game'')...so skipping stays an option Just like with Busta Rhymes, I hate to see him on that YMCA label (but that doesnt make him a terrible artist) I call that a money move, not an artistic move Busta still murks 99,9% of these nowadays ''rappers'' Call me a hater I don't give a f*ck Hip Hop is better of without Wayne and his YMCA label, let them irritate the skaters with his horrible crap, so the fans of Hip Hop can fully enjoy Hip Hop again At the end of the day, radio & tv decides what ''hot or what not'' So f*ck the tv, and f*ck the radio stations When you like good music, you better find a way to discover it, cause those radio/tv stations aint helping one bit Ah, f*ck that shit You dont like Wayne yourself So keep on trolling my dude And have fun with it Now I'm gonna pump some real music Like: Kendrick, Crooked, and other talented rappers Okay?, Bye!

    • BIG FACE ITALY

      I agree 100% dude. I really think that the Icy Boi is trying to make us all laugh. He should change his name to colourfull clown with panties on. That would just fit is idiotic YMCMB dickriding

  • wuh

    wasn't section 80 a debut album?

  • landon816

    kendrick needs to get signed by strange music thats where he belongs there with jay rock

  • YESSIR

    I WONDER IS KENDRICK FANS WOULD STILL RIDE WITH HIM IF HE SIGNED TO THE BEST LABEL IN THE WORLD YMCMB?

    • John-Boy

      Not if he started wearing leopard print leggings and sipping syrup. But seriously, coming from a huge Kendrick fan I'm sure Young MOney would ask him to dumb his music down and start catering to the teeny boppers. Same thing happened with my boy Wale. His mixtapes and first album were banging and then he signed to Staywack Music, put out Lotus Flower bomb and turned into a skinny Rick Ross.

    • Anonymous

      nope, id immediatly discredit anything he said if he signed to ymcmb, they all phoney

    • lol

      Probly not, if he makes fucked up "martian" music like Wayne. Martian as in we can't understand the fuck he's saying.

  • In house producers

    I really hope there is gonna be some of the tracks produced by his in-house producers, Sounwave is dope.

    • LeftHook

      Totally agree tae beast is nice too. His producers are a part of his sound. I think it's a mistake when artists just get the well known 'go to' producers, that's why everything sounds the same.

  • YESSIR

    SHOUT OUT TO KENDRICK LAMAR WHEREEVER HE PUTS OUT HIS FIRST ALBUM NO MATTER WHAT YMCMB WILL ALWAYS BE BEHIND HIM BECAUSE WE HELP BUILD AND MOLD THIS MONSTER.

  • Anonymous

    Modern Day Soul On Ice is coming.

  • sd

    you stupid man he is dope. way better than MGGay or Fag miller and lil b(notice how i didnt change that name) I hope he is signed to aftermath They are going to take over 2012

    • Anonymous

      Dude is tight but he aint the best in the west though. The dopest west coaster breathing is.... Ladies and Gentlemen CROOKED I!!!!! Period

  • HELL YEAH

    Better believe I'll be there on day one. I just wish I could one day get a hard copy of section 80. Kendrick is dope he is ressurecting the west coast. Much love man...

  • Anonymous

    is this wack nigga signed to Aftermath?

    • Anonymous

      But I don't know if that's happening he said in the video he's working with all of his in house producers and both the interviewer and Kendrick new he was trying to ask him if Dre's producing it or going to be on it and Kendrick's is real and has been real so I take his word for it it's interesting because I know more then the average person on the net what's going on about detox but Kendrick signing to aftermath has been kept silent no one's talk about it or nothing that tells either of 2 things 1. what you just said there going to make it look like he signed near when the albums coming out or 2. which is what i'm leaning towards right now this album is going to be all him and his producers or outside producers but not Dre my guess is Kendrick is going to play it smart be on detox a lot without being signed so he's going to be like a major feature on the album he works with his producers stays true to himself his fans and his friends on this album giving him time to see what he wants to do with his next album and whether he wants to sing or not but I realize that is flawed because Jimmy Iovine is too greedy and wouldn't let Kendrick be all over Detox so unfortunetly your probably right

    • ummmmmm

      yep. they gonna wait and act like it just happened though when they release thew album.,

  • Anonymous

    dx sucks now. too many niggas with too much time of their hands and not enough to do.

  • pettso

    Kendrick Lamar is mad overrated...

  • Holland

    That could be the best album of 2012 already

  • TEXAS

    TO YADIG ANOTHER PERSONALTY YOU MUST BE LOSING

  • YAKNOW

    YO THIS THAT NIGGA YAKNOW SHOUT OUT TO MY NIGGAS YADIG AND YESSIR YMCMB TAKING OVER FUCK THIS CLOWN

    • Anonymous

      No wonder this country is a shit hole fucking dumb ass kids making shit up

    • Anonymous

      YMCMB's is not a word. Fucking dumbass kids these days. I hope you fucking end up in poverty for the rest of your life. No one this country is a shit hole fucking dumb ass kids making shit up.

    • YAKNOW

      THAT'S RIGHT IM THE NEW BITCH YMCMB ALL THE WAY IM THERE NEW SLAVE WHILE THEY YMCMB ASS FUCKS EACH OTHER THEY SHIT ON ME YMCMB RUNS THE POP GAME WE TURNED HIP HOP INTO REAL SOFT POP SHIT. SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE REAL PUSSIES AND DICK SUCKERS SHOUTOUT TO LIL WAYNE, DRAKE, NICKI MINAJ, BIRDMAN, MASE WHO JOINED OUR NEW DICK SUCKING GROUP AND ALSO THE DJ WHO GOT CAUGHT BLOWING A TRANNY THIS IS THAT REAL PUSSY SHIT 5 WORDS: I'M YMCMB's NEW DICK SUCKER

    • Anonymous

      under 21 lol ?

  • Dcotaaa

    What the fucks up with all these trolls lol grow up and spend ure time doin what u like, talking shit on internet is dumb lmao. And fuck saying wayne has shit on kendrick. FUCK THATTT... Lil wayne is pussy money weed, autotune, and pop. Kendrick is a true MC, Lil wayne dont even write his own lyrics now, or make his bneats..... so hes now a puppet

  • asdf

    definitely buying this album

  • Anonymous

    I dont get this article about K.Dot has 55 posts and the one about slaughterhouse starting to make their album has like 110 posts.

  • YESSIR

    LIL WAYNE WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON KENDRICK LAMAR. KDOT MADE A WHOLE MIXTAPE ABOUT CARTER 3. LIL WAYNE GAVE HIM A COSIGN ON IT AS WELL. DRAKE HAD LAMAR ON TAKE CARE. DRAKE ALSO BROUGHT HIM ON TOUR. LAMAR WAS ON BIRDMAN AND MACK MAINS MIXTAPE. WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS LAMAR LOVES YMCMB AND YMCMB WILL ALWAYS BE FAMILY WITH LAMAR WE HELPED BUILD HIS BRAND YMCMB

    • Anonymous

      anybody dick riding YMCMB is a fuckin fag.mothafuckas went from wearing Deathrow shirts to wearing feminine ass YMCMB shit....gay.

    • TEXAS

      SOMETHINGS WRONG HERE

    • YESSIR

      THAT'S RIGHT LIL WAYNE'S SUCKING DICK SKILLS ARE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE INDUSTURY DRAKE ALSO VERY SKILLED AT GETTING HIS PUSSY EATEN OUT IM A HUGE INFLUENCE ON WAYNE AND NICKI WITHOUT ME THERE'S NO ONE TO ASS FUCK AND CUM ALL OVER THEN THEY TIE ME DOWN AND FORCE ME TO SUCK THERE DICKS THIS IS REAL HIP HOP FUCK KENDRICK AND HIS AOTY AND REALNESS THE PUSSY SHIT IS THE NEW HIP HOP YOU ALL CAN GO FUCK YOURSELF DICKSUCKING AND GETTING ASS FUCKED THEN SINGING LOVE SONGS AND GETTING CUMMED ON ALL OVER YOUR FACE IS THE NEW HIP HOP AND REMEMBER YMCMB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THIS SHIT 7 WORDS: I GET ANALED EVERYNIGHT BY YOUNG MONEY

  • Anonymous

    good now this faggot chipmunk with a gay voice can drop his gay ass album and all 250 of his fans can run out and cop it all those cosigns and still no ones copping i smell a plant, nigga sucks dick and is the softest emcee dre ever cosigned and he put that queer eminem on p.s. i bet dre gets that ass

    • XxJason LivesxX

      You are a trolling shitbag sir. Please go jerk off to your life size Waka Flocka Flame poster and sing a love song to Drake faggot.

  • My Mom said the music I listen to is garbage. My mom is an ass

    Ok then I expect two cds by Kendrick this year then. Hiiipower.

  • Anonymous

    yessir u making yourself look bad posting these ymcmb crap here a tip go steal yo moms or dad credit cards and go max them out with ymcmb cd's and fuck yourself lil troll u dick ride them so much u can't even sleep at night meth head with bumps all over your face ba'itchhhhh.... lol

  • YADIG

    DIS NIGGA OVERRATED AS FUCK 5 LETTERS: YMCMB

    • Shame

      YADIG, YESSIR is takin your spot kid, defend yourself!

    • Anonymous

      YADIG=FAGGOT. Ya dig?

    • YADIG

      YEAH THAT'S RIGHT I SAID THIS NIGGA OVERRATED AS FUCK LIL WAYNE IS THE SHIT GETTING ASS FUCKED 24/7 IS REAL HIP-HOP WE THE BIGGEST DICKSUCKERS IN THE GAME YMCMB ALL THE WAY NICKI MANAJ ASS FUCKS WAYNE EVERYNIGHT THEN she EATS DRAKES PUSSY THEN I COME IN AND THEY CUM ON ME THIS IS REAL HIP-HOP FUCK CONSCIOUS AND 90'S RAP YMCMB ANAL, DICK SUCKING, PUSSY SHIT ALL THE WAY 5 WORDS: I SUCK YOUNG MONEY DICK

  • YESSIR

    DID I NOT TELL YOU PEOPLE DON`T MIND ME I GET PAID TO KEEP POSTING HERE DON`T RESPOND TO ME I GET PAID BY YMCMB GOTTA KEEP THERE NAME OUT DON`T TAKE ANY OF MY POSTS SERIOUSLY OR SOICYBOI OR YADIG THERE THE SAME PERSON I`M POSTING AS ALL OF THEM I GET PAID TO SUCK YMCMB DICK YADIG YOU ALL JUST HATERS YOU HATE ON US SOFT PUSSY MOTHERFUCKERS WE BRINGING THE PUSSY SHIT BACK TO HIP-HOP ALL THAT SUCKING DICK EATING PUSSY ANAL SHIT WE BRINGING IT BACK FUCK YOU AND YOUR REAL CONSCIOUS RAP SHIT AT YMCMB WE ALL ABOUT GETTING ASS FUCKED AND SINGING LOVE SONGS WHILE WE GET CUM ALL OVER OUR FACE IT`S ALL ABOUT REAL POP SHIT POP IS HIP-HOP FUCK YOUR REAL ASS SHIT WE REPRESENT THE BIGGEST PUSSIES IN HIP-HOP YADIG WE TAKING OVER THIS SHIT BRINGING THE GAYNESS TO HIP-HOP WE THE TYPE OF NIGGAS THAT TAKE PISS IN OUR MOUTH WE DOWN WITH THE REAL BEEF AND DICKRIDING SHIT YADIG 5 WORDS: I SUCK YM DICK YADIG

    • Shame

      So YESSIR, what do you have to say about clearly copying YADIG? who clearly copied SuperGucciRap lol

    • YESSIR

      THIS IS THE REAL YESSIR THEY KNOW I DONT WRITE LIKE THAT SO KEEP TRYING BITCH NIGGA "YOU LIKE THE FUCKING FINISH LINE WE CANT WAIT TO RUN INTO YOU"

    • Bruce Wayne

      @Shame: I can co-sign and support people that troll trolls. The original troll needs to get the shit slapped out of their heads, cause their just powerful on the internet but wouldn't last a day in the real world.

    • hellno

      sorry YESSIR not YADIG

    • hellno

      i cant tell if this is the real YADIG or someone making fun of him

    • Anonymous

      Lol who cares fuck YMCMB and YESSIR, SOICYBOI these guys troll the fuck out of all these sites becuase they get paid it's about time someone trolled them let people keep trolling these guys why the fuck do you care

    • Shame

      lol a troll but one that hates the other trolls smh

  • Shame

    A History lesson on trolls on HipHop DX So Icy Boi! is a wanna be YESSIR, who clearly copied YADIG. All of them suck on dicks on YMCMB. Before all of those there was SuperGucciRap! I respect him out of all of em the most. I could be wrong and all of them are actually the same person lol

  • Anonymous

    O and COMPTON CITY IS PRODUCED BY JUST BLAZE

  • Anonymous

    Detox is coming as well people get ready this is the year of the west and unfortunetly probably the last of the best and mainstream west coast because after this besides Kendrick and Schoolboy Q and all those guys the west is going to die down but get ready COMPTON CITY IS THE NEXT SINGLE FOR KENDRICK'S ALBUM I HEARD SOME INFO HE'S GOING TO BE PERFORMING IT AT COACHELLA WITH DRE WHETHER OR NOT THE SINGLE WILL BE OUT BEFORE THEN I DON'T KNOW BUT EITHER WAY GET READY PEOPLE

  • unclesam

    This is already the album of the year.

  • kayaman

    The future of the west coast

  • d[o.o]b

    Correct me if i'm wrong but didn't he also say that Dr. Dre was wrapping up Detox a while back? I'll believe his debut is coming once it's on shelves.

    • ETK

      this is Kendrick's work, not Dre's. Dre is a stubborn perfectionist who can't come to terms on what to wrap up Detox with, Kendrick isn't anything like that/

  • djasjkdjsa

    LOL @ the last seconds, that was funny cant wait for his album!!! hes just a fuckin great artist and i love his musik!

  • Tecca

    Fuck Yeeaah!I already know this will be the best album in 2012, cant fucken wait! Where the fuck is Jay Electronica???????????

    • Anonymous

      No shit, but they might as well be true.

    • obi wan kenobi

      ^ bullshit & bullshit

    • dockevoc

      Jay Electronica was sued for using several notebooks full of rhymes that were lost on a train by the original owner. None of those rhymes were his.

    • Anonymous

      American rapper/songwriter Timothy Elpadaro Thedford, better known by his stage name "Jay Electronica" announced the retirement from his musical career on August 15th of last year. Read more about it at 'http://www.rappersthatwentawol.com

  • Tema

    fuck is up with jay rock lmao look how hes moving hes definetly on one, looking forward to the album though

  • TEXAS

    K-DOT HANDS DOWN HAD THE BEST ALBUM IN 2011 SORRY I EVER QUESTIONED THAT

  • TEXAS

    SO MANY GOOD ALBUMS IN 2012 WITH NO RELEASE DATE YOU KNOW WHY THAT IS BOYZ AND GIRLZ BECAUSE THEY TAKE THERE TIME TO MAKE SURE THE FANS WILL SUPPORT THERE PROJECT 110% NOT MAKE A BUNCH OF WATER DOWN SHIT TO GET PUT ON THE RADIO FOLLOWED BY MIX TAPES WITH THE SAME TRASH THEY SLAM ON THE ALBUM THAT FLOPS LIKE LILWAYNE

    • ETK

      co-sign. an album can suck or not depending on your taste, but Carter 4 did anything but flop. and yeah, I'm sure 2 million+ people are viable to buy C4. no matter what we think about him, he's a smart musician who knows how to make hits. not a good rapper, but a smart musician

    • TEXAS

      @CALI OK I SEE WHAT U MEAN

    • CALI

      @ TEXAS - You're using the wrong word. To say something flops means a lot of money was put into something (in this case an album) only to have the product not only NOT make profit, but as well not make back the money spent on creating the album. Carter 4 was boo boo, but did not flop by any means.

    • TEXAS

      ^^^ FUNNY I DON'T KNOW I THINK 2 MILLION PEOPLE ARE REALLY THAT DUMB TO BUY THAT ALBUM

    • Anonymous

      @fucktexas Birdman bought the majority of those copies faggot.

    • TEXAS

      ITS FUNNY WHEN YOU DUMB SHITS SAY A ALBUM DID NOT FLOP BECAUSE OF SELLS SO HOW MANY ALBUMS THAT SOLD WELL ARE CALLED TRASH BY CRITICS AND FANS OF THE MUSIC ALIKE THAT SOUNDS LIKE A FLOP

    • fucktexas

      wayne's album was wack but it sure didnt flop. it went platinum, faggot.

    • Anonymous

      hes from texas

    • Anonymous

      why do you write like that

  • Anonymous

    i thought section 80 was his debut

  • YESSIR

    LIL WAYNE WAS A HUGE INFLUENCE ON KENDRICK LAMAR. KDOT MADE A WHOLE MIXTAPE ABOUT CARTER 3. LIL WAYNE GAVE HIM A COSIGN ON IT AS WELL. DRAKE HAD LAMAR ON TAKE CARE. DRAKE ALSO BROUGHT HIM ON TOUR. LAMAR WAS ON BIRDMAN AND MACK MAINS MIXTAPE. WHERE AM I GOING WITH THIS LAMAR LOVES YMCMB AND YMCMB WILL ALWAYS BE FAMILY WITH LAMAR WE HELPED BUILD HIS BRAND YMCMB

    • Deon

      In a nut shell... young money is faggot rap kendrick lamar is faggot rap fag rappers put fag rappers on

    • Anonymous

      Why do you keep saying "we". Like do you really think ymcmb gives a fuck about you?

    • Anonymous

      ^ Troll is obvious. I wonder how old this kid is.

    • YESSIR

      GO READ A BOOK IS A DUMB NIGGA. BUT GOREADABOOK POST YOUR EMAIL AND I WILL SEND YOU SOME OF CASH MONEY BOOKS YOU KNOW WE GOT THAT BOOK DEAL MY NIGGA WE EATING OVER HERE

    • GoReadABook

      He didn't make a whole mixtape about The Carter 3 moron he made a mixtape called C4 and used Waynes beats from the Carter 3 and rapped in a flow and voice similar to Lil Waynes to show everyone that he could do almost the exact same album as Wayne better than Wayne. Kendricks C4 shitted on the Carter 3. Lil Wayne cosigned because he knew Kendrick would blow up and recognized talent. YMCMB had NOTHING to do with Kendricks brand. You, SoIcyBoi, and YaDig dickride young money so hard that you might as well order dildo replicas of waynes cock and shove them up your asses so that you can continue said dickriding without having to open your ignorant fucking mouths

    • Anonymous

      but did Drake play any major arena's NO coz he knew he would be upstaged by K.Dot

    • ...

      Agree with the above statement.. Kdot is way ahead of them cash money niggas..

    • Anonymous

      Birdman paid him 1 mill for the feature lol.

    • dafuckdoe?

      Helped build Kendrick? fuck you.. lol. How?

    • Anonymous

      Believe what you want lmao. Just know that "Kdot" is better than everyone in ymcmb, combined.

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