Kendrick Lamar doesn’t post on social media very often, so when he does it’s usually important. Fans have been eagerly awaiting news about his fourth album—the official follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly—and early Thursday morning, Lamar shared an Instagram post that may indicate the album is coming sooner than later.
Not only did he clear out all of his old posts, but he shared an image of the roman numerals IV:
There’s not much to go on, but his next album will be his fourth—2016’s untitled, unmastered. has generally been referred to as a “project” rather than an album. He discussed his motivations behind the new album in an early March interview with The New York Times‘ style magazine T, calling it “very urgent”:
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. To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. 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.
To Pimp A Butterfly, which dropped just over two years ago, earned Lamar 11 Grammy nominations, including wins for Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.