Kendrick Lamar’s New Album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers Is Here, Step to It

How’s this for a giant leap? For almost five years, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is Kendrick Lamar’s debut album. Mr. Morale is a double album with eighteen tracks, as Lamar previously announced on his website, oklama.com. While Rihanna is not on the album, Lamar worked for the first time with Blast, Amanda Reifer, Sampha, Taylour Paige, Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Sam Dew, Tanna Leone, and Beth Gibbons. Baby Keem is the only individual on the double album who has previously collaborated with him as a feature on “family connections” and “range brothers.” In “We Cry Together,” Florence Welch is also sampled, with Lamar giving her composition credit and combining her voice with Paige.

“The Heart Pt. 5,” a song not on the album, was released earlier this week as the first taste of his Mr. Morale era, with one significant stride for man: a deepfake-filled video. The rapper initially revealed the album in April. After his announcement last August, it would be his farewell for longstanding label Top Dawg Entertainment. (As for where he’s going, that would be his firm, pgLang.)

Lamar hasn’t been much of a talker in the previous five years, remaining mostly silent since the April 2017 release of DAMN., which earned him a historic Pulitzer Prize. He directed the Black Panther soundtrack in 2018 before stepping away from the spotlight for a few years (most recently, on his cousin Baby Keem’s first album, The Melodic Blue). He made a quiet comeback earlier this year, playing the Super Bowl without any new songs, and is due to headline other festivals this year, including Glastonbury.

For the time being, the new Kendrick Lamar album has arrived after a five-year wait. It’s time to take a break from the takes and hypotheses on Twitter and boost morale by pushing play.

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