Photo of Kendrick Lamar by Kathy Kmonicek/AP

Kendrick Lamar says his faith will play a role in his next album.

Speaking with The New York Times' T magazine in a newly published interview, Lamar said: "I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork."

He noted that while his previous full-length To Pimp a Butterfly addressed a number of problems, his next, yet-untitled record may go a different route.

"We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system."

Lamar has previously been rather vocal about his belief in God. He explained in a 2015 Billboard interview he believes "we're in the last days ... I truly in my heart believe that," he said, pointing to biblical references and prophecies his grandmother has shared with him. 

More recently, following Chance the Rapper's incredible Grammys win and gospel-infused performance, Lamar text messaged him, "Congrats bro. God is moving!"

While Lamar shared few other details about his forthcoming album with T magazine interview, he did make one thing very clear. "It’s very urgent," he said.

 

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