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U2 featured on new Kendrick Lamar track 'XXX'

@U2, April 11, 2017
By: Matt McGee

 

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The news first trickled out late last week: U2 would be credited on Kendrick Lamar's new album. But that's all anyone knew at the time, and many observers -- including us, and perhaps you -- had more questions than answers about the Lamar/U2 pairing.

Lamar himself has cleared up a bit more information today with posts on Twitter (see below) and Instagram: U2 is "featured" on a track called "XXX," the 11th track on his new album, DAMN.

But questions remain: Is this is a new collaboration? Or is it a case of Lamar sampling a previously released U2 track? Something else? The fact that U2 is listed as "featured" on the track list might suggest something more than an old song being sampled. Or it might suggest that an old song is being so heavily sampled that Lamar felt the band needed to be credited more visibly than in the small print of liner notes.

We've asked U2's PR team for more information, but haven't had a reply yet. It might be that the questions don't get answered until the album is released this Friday (April 14).

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