Making Sense of Kendrick Lamar's Cryptic "IV" Instagram Post

Is Kendrick's fouth studio album on the way? A new single? A Black Hippy album?

Kendrick Lamar typically lets his music do the talking, not his Twitter fingers, but early Thursday morning (March 23), the TDE emcee wiped his Instagram account clean, leaving only one new post.

Based only on the cryptic image above, it's likely the roman numerals IV are representative of Lamar's forthcoming fourth studio album, following Section.80 (2011), good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012) and To Pimp a Butterfly (2015), but that might not be the only explanation. 

In an interview earlier this month, Lamar called his forthcoming LP "urgent" and stated that the project will speak on God, which made fans absolutely lose their shit. Could "IV" reference a chapter in the Bible?

While fans understandably desire a brand new Kendrick album, it's also possible that "IV" is the title of a new single. Four hours after Kendrick's initial post, The Alchemist tweeted the same image—could the pair, originally spotted working together in the studio in 2013, finally deliver a collaborative effort?

ScHoolboy Q all but killed any hope of a Black Hippy album last July, and Ab-Soul did the same in a December tweet, but maybe their messaging was a diversionary tactic? After all, there are four members in Black Hippy.

DJBooth has reached out to several members of TDE upper management for more information on Kendrick's Instagram post, and while a confirmation on what the image represents isn't expected, should we receive a response we will update this article accordingly. TDE head honcho Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith has not yet commented on Kendrick's post on social media, but he did respond to an upset SZA fan on Twitter in a rather unsavory manner.

Earlier this month, Lamar celebrated the two-year anniversary of his Harvard Library-certified classic albumTo Pimp a Butterfly

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