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Kendrick Lamar’s new album dropped a week early…but it “might” have been an accidental release. Get deets on the “surprise” drama inside and check out Ludacris’ VIBE cover story and what he revealed about his custody battle.

Fans of Grammy-winning artist Kendrick Lamar got a surprise a few days ago when his highly-anticipated disc To Pimp a Butterfly dropped a full week early (it was slated to hit the block on March 23rd). The surprise release also coincided with another great day in hip-hip – the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s Me Against the World! Kendrick seemed genuinely elated with the release, tweeting out it’s availability and a tribute to Tupac.

But…Kendrick’s sentiments are not shared by his management over at Top Dawg Entertianment. They are pissed at Interscope and blame them for screwing with the dates. TDE label head Anthony Tiffith, who reps K-Dot, posted a series of barbs aimed at the label.

“I would like 2 personally thank @Interscope for (expletive) up our release … Somebody gots 2 pay 4 this mistake !!! This is the kraziest (expletive) ever. I will deal with BS later … let’s focus on the album.”

SMH…but…umm….was this really an accident on Interscope’s part or maybe a larger marketing scheme? Just asking…you “accidentally” drop a disc a week early…on Tupac’s anniversary? Either way….K-Dot is cool. He shot back at Anthony and Interscope saying “Keep Calm…all is well.”

In other news…

Furious 7 star Ludacris covers the latest digital issue of VIBE where he opens up about his forthcoming film (in theaters April 3rd), his next album Ludaversal (in stores March 31st), staying relevant and his custody battle for daughter Cai. Luda, who recently revealed he and wife Eudoxie are expecting, told VIBE that his baby momma and her legal team attempted to use his lyrics to paint him in a negative light. Clearly it didn’t work (he got primary custody) but it annoyed him that he was judged on his “art” and not the content of his character. Here are the highlights…

You’re returning in a very different landscape, with the likes of Rich Homie Quan, Father, Migos and Young Thug holding down Atlanta. Have you kept up with the new class of ATL rappers?

Yeah, for sure. I love the energy, man. I’m always embracing what’s new because I have to continue to keep afloat and I’m in competition to a degree with new artists as well as the ones that have been in the game as long as I have. So it’s definitely something that still inspires me, even if it’s not necessarily my type of music. I hear the hunger and the tone in their voice and I love their creativity and artistry.

You were in court recently for a custody case over your daughter, Cai, and some of your lyrics were admitted in the case. Do you think it’s fair for art to put on trial and used against its creator?

People will use whatever they can to try to paint a picture of who they think you are. It’s as simple as that. Same thing as when Bill O’Reilly tried to tell me what type of person I am based off my lyrics. All I can tell you is that hip-hop is a coded language. It’s very misunderstood. If you don’t speak the language, then you’re only assuming that you know what we’re talking about. But you don’t, so there you have it.

You’ve started from being a radio jockey, to proving yourself as a rapper and onto a big-budget movie actor. Is there a next passion you could see yourself pursuing?

There was a point where I felt like I was spreading myself too thin by doing too much shit, so I kind of just narrowed it down to loving this music and picking and choosing the very good movie projects. I have some other stuff going on that you’ll hear about in the future. But definitely not too many things at once. I need to focus on the things that are most important and protect their integrity.

Read the full interview here.

Photos via VIBE/Kendrick’s Twitter/TDE’s Twitter

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