Last week we learned that Kendrick Lamar laid to rest "two or three albums" before finally settling on To Pimp A Butterfly. While artists scrap albums all the time (oh hey, Dr. Dre), just the thought of the Compton native sitting on that much unreleased material has had fans quite excited.
According to a newly-published outtake from an interview that Lamar conducted with Andreas Hale in the lead-up to tonight's 58th annual GRAMMY Awards, some of those never-before-heard songs will soon be heard.
“You see all these performances on these late night shows, I got a chamber of material from the album that I was in love where sample clearances or something as simple as a deadline kept it off the album. But I think probably close to ten songs that I’m in love with that I’ll still play and still perform that didn’t make the cut.”
Sample clearance issues and label deadlines are part of the equation when creating an album, and as a result quality material has a habit of hitting the cutting room floor. Sometimes that material is leaked after the release, usually in an unfinished format and rarely mixed and mastered, but more often than not the records remain stowed away on a hard drive, unheard by the listening public.
It's unlikely we'll ever hear the vast majority of the material that Kendrick created for the early incarnations of his sophomore major label release, but fans should be pleased knowing that the TDE emcee still plans to share a treasure trove of songs that most artists would have already laid to rest.
Could tonight's performance at the GRAMMYs be Kendrick's latest jaw-dropping live performance of unreleased material, following The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (twice) and Saturday Night Live? According to host LL Cool J, the performance will be quite "controversial."
“Kendrick Lamar’s gonna do something very controversial. And that’s what art is about, right? It’s not about whether you agree or disagree. It’s about it stimulating conversation and provoking people to have conversations about society. And if that’s what you want your art to do as an artist, if that’s the lane you choose, you’re accomplishing something if people talk about what you’re doing. So, it’s gonna be amazing.”
Sign us up for another addition to the b-side collection of To Pimp A Butterfly.
[by DJ Z, who blames Kanye West's Twitter account for his incessant headache the past few days. Image via Instagram.]