New collection of Kendrick Lamar music appears online
Kendrick Lamar performs at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
Published Friday, March 4, 2016 12:19PM EST
NEW YORK -- Fresh off his Grammy triumph, Kendrick Lamar has released a new batch of old music.
The eight-song collection titled "untitled unmastered." was made available Friday on iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify and GooglePlay. None of the songs has a title, just what seem to be dates, ranging from 2013 to 2016.
Top Dawg Entertainment, the independent hip-hop label Lamar is signed to, said the collection "features studio versions of the untitled songs" that Lamar performed on "The Colbert Report," "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and last month's Grammy Awards.
Many of the songs have a spacy, groovy feel and sound highly produced, including the standout funky "untitled 08 09.06.2014." But "untitled 07 2014-2016" is a meandering, eight-minute song that ends with artists collaborating in a studio, complete with jokes and laughing.
The collection, which totals 34 minutes of music, was publicized around midnight from Lamar's Twitter account.
Lamar won best rap album for "To Pimp a Butterfly" as well as rap performance, rap song, rap/sung performance and music video. Along with his wins, Lamar also had a show-stopping moment when he took the stage to perform "The Blacker the Berry" and "Alright."
Lamar went three years before releasing his impressive sophomore effort in "To Pimp a Butterfly" last year.