"If Pirus and Crips all got along," Kendrick Lamar rapped in the opening line of his 2012 track "m.A.A.d City," offering a scenario that sounded implausible to many, after years of violence between the two gangs. But maybe he's working towards a peace.
Kendrick released the cover art for his highly-anticipated new single, called "i," on Wednesday (September 17), and it features the lower body of a man dressed in blue on the left, and one dressed in red on the right. The colors evoke thoughts of gang affiliation -- particularly since K. Dot has frequently rapped about the gang violence he witnessed growing up, like on "m.A.A.d. City" -- but the signs the two men are throwing aren't gang-affiliated; they're hearts.
What could this mean for the track?
Of course, all we can do is speculate, but maybe the Compton native is trying to unite otherwise-splintered factions of Los Angeles with his new music. Could it be an anti-violence anthem? Maybe it's a love song. Probably not, but who knows.
There's a good chance we won't have to wait too long to find out, though. There's speculation that the single, which is produced by Rahki (who did bonus track "Black Boy Fly" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city) is supposed to drop next week. That's a pretty good sign that a new album should be on the way.