In a recent interview with The New York Times, Lamar spoke about the creative direction for his upcoming album. He said “God” is the “biggest missing component in life” so that is who the album will be focused around.
“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. ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore,” he told the outlet. “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.”
Lamar reflected on his family, in particular his younger brothers and when asked if the record will focus solely on religion, he replied, “It’s very urgent”
“At one point in time I may have a little girl who grows up and tells me about her engagements with a male figure — things that most men don’t want to hear. Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel,” he concluded.
The 29-year-old has not released any further information about the direction of the new album but he will be joining the likes of Kanye West and Chance the Rapper by using his faith and religious themes in their music.
Lamar has infused his music in the past with examples of his faith. His albums Good Kid, m.A.A.d City featured prayers and to To Pimp A Butterfly talked about God in the song “How Much a Dollar Cost?”
After the 2017 Grammy Awards, Lamar also praised God for fellow emcee Chance the Rapper’s historic win, as the first streaming artist to win a Grammy. Chance shared a screen grab on Instagram of the message.
“Congrats bro. God is moving,” Lamar wrote in the message, to which Chance replied, “He is! Love you brother!”
A seven time Grammy award winner, Lamar has also spoken about his faith being rooted in the Bible many times before even crediting his grandmother for teaching him about the rapture.
Read Lamar’s full interview about the upcoming album here.