March 10, 2016


Kendrick Lamar Is on the New Herbie Hancock Album

Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

At 75-years-old, pianist Herbie Hancock is still a creative force. Currently, Hancock is recording his 42nd studio album—yes, number 42—with Terrace Martin, the producer behind Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. In an interview with Billboard today, Martin noted off the cuff that he's playing something of a matchmaker between the two, as he's recently brought Lamar and Hancock together to collaborate. 

Here's the takeaway: Kendrick Lamar will feature on Hancock's forthcoming album. 

While Billboard's interview centers on Martin's work with Hancock in addition to the rapper YG, the most exciting portion comes when the impromptu Lamar-Hancock collab is mentioned. Martin also notes that Snoop Dogg is on the record.

Here's the full statement: 

"The album I'm doing with him, it's not what you think: Kendrick is on the album, Snoop is on the album. It's not like it's just Herbie Hancock over a hip-hop beat. It's like, I'm really digging into his world, and he's digging into the hip-hop, and we're just trying to figure out a thing. In the process of us trying to figure it out, something is happening magically through the music. Something that I've never heard and he's never heard. Kendrick came over the other day and he was like, "Yo, I hear so many ideas." We're just going in all different directions."

To Pimp a Butterfly definitely showcased Lamar's affinity for jazz, so it's no wonder that the Compton MC is excited to team up with one of the genre's most celebrated composers. As for when this impending dynamite collab will release, Martin had this to say: "With Herbie, I'll know we're done when he says, 'Don't come over to my house and record anymore.' Then I'll know we're done."