Tierra Whack has announced that her debut album, WORLD WIDE WHACK, will finally drop this Spring.
On Monday (January 22), the Philadelphia native took to Instagram and shared an updated about the highly anticipated body of work. She wrote, “WORLD WIDE WHACK MY DEBUT ALBUM OUT ON 3/15 Brought to life by Alex Da Corte.”
She added: “I really took my time with this, so I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.”
Additionally, the 28-year-old also revealed that the project’s first single, “SHOWER SONG,” will be released on Friday (January 26).
Check out the Whack World rapper’s announcement below.
The album will double as a visual art project made with Alex Da Corte, who previously directed the rapper’s “Dora” video. In the cinematic parallel, a character named WORLD WIDE WHACK will be at the centre of Tierra’s fictional universe.
Over the weekend, she kicked off her campaign in Philadelphia with “Pasting The Town Whack.” As part of the project, she enlisted her hometown neighbor and mural art curator Conrad Benner of Streets Dept to plaster her album artwork at eight different high-traffic locations throughout her city.
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The cover art is a first looks at the WORLD WIDE WHACK character, with references to Pierrot (the original sad clown of 17th-century Italian theater), radical 1930s fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and Donna Summer.
According to a press release, this personality is “an alter ego both untouchable and vulnerable, superhuman and painfully human, whose surprising story will unfold in images and video over the course of the album’s visual rollout.”
Fans have been eagerly awaiting Tierra Whack’s debut record since she released Whack World in 2018. That mixtape served as an introduction to her playful, innovative style, with each track clocking in at under a minute.
Though the MC has been quiet on the musical front, she did share a freestyle over SZA‘s “Smoking On My Ex Pack” in February of 2023. The song finds her making a handful of thinly-veiled references to her 2022 run-in with the law at Philadelphia International Airport.
“I don’t ever panic ‘cause I got a good lawyer,” she raps at one point, later adding: “Please don’t believe everything that the media feedin’ ya.”
Additionally, she was also the subject of a documentary that premiered at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, called Cypher, is director Chris Moukarbel’s “mockumentary” of the alt-rap performer, and the teaser promises that it will make viewers “question everything they see.”