Kendrick Lamar sent shock waves through the music industry on Friday August 20th when he announced that his next album would be his final album on TDE. The eerie post marked the end of an era and fans on social media and everywhere in between pondered on whether his final TDE album would also be his last album period.
Kendrick signed the letter “oklama,” but didn’t share when the final album would come or a name for the project. He also deleted everything on his social media except a post that looked like a computer file folder titled, “nu thoughts,” which leads back to the post on about the final album announcement.
Here’s the full text of Kendrick announcing his final TDE album:
I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence.
I go months without a phone.
Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family.
While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.
As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.
There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown.
Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all.
See you soon enough.
Didn’t take long for social media to react and try to break down what the post meant. Here’s some of the reactions to the Kendrick Lamar final TDE album announcement:
Final album?!?!?! pic.twitter.com/AnrgpmaHdQ
— DJ (@RealVizual) August 20, 2021
Kendrick Lamar finna give us a final album under TDE which mean he put his all into this one which mean we bout to get a phenomenal album pic.twitter.com/XneL7jL862
— They Want Me Dead Like Pac (@KingMosesDaGod) August 20, 2021
— Bron 6 is back!!!!! ➐ (@bron_back) August 20, 2021
Bro disappeared for 4 years and has the nerve to drop a final album 😔
— 𝐔𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 (@oNovuh) August 20, 2021
Kendrick goes missing for years , comes back , don’t say hello, hi or anything but decides to send the whole world into a panic by saying “final album” lol
— Dade County (@RIPZAY_) August 20, 2021
It’s Kendrick Lamar final album like how Jay Z had 6 different final albums
— 2cup Shakur (@khadnis) August 20, 2021
Kendrick’s final album with TDE??? That album might define this decade. Take your time Kenny #KingKendrick
— Trevor Ferg. (@tf_trevor) August 20, 2021