Kendrick Lamar returns with his 18 track double LP Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Kendrick fans have been hungry for new material from the Compton born rapper. Fans are certainly eating well today however.
Lamar first shared news that he had an album on the way in August 2021 with a new website dubbed Oklama. He said that it would be his final release with the label Top Dawg Entertainment. “I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” he wrote. He announced the project’s title and release date on April 18, 2022, echoing Michael Jordan’s legendary comeback fax in his letterhead statement.
Lamar recently shared his new song “The Heart Part 5.” It arrived with a new music video which showed Lamar’s face morphing into deepfakes of OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Kobe Bryant, Nipsey Hussle, Jussie Smollett, and Will Smith. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s studio Deep Voodoo was behind the video’s unsettling visuals; Lamar is co-producing an upcoming comedy film with Parker and Stone.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is the rapper’s first album since 2017’s Damn., for which he won a Pulitzer Prize and an armload of Grammys. He’s filled his years between solo LPs with several other projects and collaborations, making guest appearances on tracks by Busta Rhymes, Terrace Martin, Sir, and Anderson .Paak.
Whilst the album is certainly a Kendrick Lamar affair, the LP sees talent from the likes of Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, his cousin Baby Keem and many more, including artists that have their debut record on the album.