Kendrick Lamar’s fifth solo album, “Mr Morale & the Big Steppers,” was released on Thursday night. It is the first full-length album in 5 years, containing 18 songs. The album features Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Sampha, Baby Keem, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, and Taylour Paige. Taylour Paige gave an emotional performance in ‘We Cry Together’.
Production is primarily from Sounwave, Duval Timothy, Boi-1DA, Lamar as OKLAMA, and Pharrell Williams on ‘Mr. Morale.’ However, the album does not include ‘The Heart Part 5’, a new song with an incredible deepfake that Mr Lamar had released on Sunday.
Mr Lamar had announced the album’s release date last month while responding to a Tweet from a hip-hop enthusiast who said that Mr Lamar officially retired. Mr Lamar’s most recent full-length studio album, “Damn,” was released in 2017. He won a Grammy award for the same. The following year, he composed the soundtrack for the film Black Panther, which included his duet with SZA, “All the Stars.” The duet received four nominations at the 61st Grammys.
When the album was released, everyone loved it and gave it rave reviews. The Evening Standard stated that the album is “Still light years of the game,” While The Guardian called it “a heartstopping call for uplifted humanity”. The Line of Best Lift has called the album “Lamar putting down his testament”.
Here’s what Twitter has to say about it:
— Patrick McNamee (@PaddyMc127) May 13, 2022
— حسن࿌𒆜༒ (@BobsSavage) May 9, 2022
— eclarks (@Eclarksphot) May 9, 2022
I am proud to hear Kendrick address this toxic masculinity issue. As men we been ruined since birth. It’s so hard to shake but we gotta change how we raise our young ones. Can’t repeat the same cycle. We don’t need another generation of GROWN MEN with daddy issues #KendrickLamar
— Balaclava Boi (@CVLTIVATED93) May 13, 2022
— Alex ⚡💫💥 (@ExcitedCaulk) May 11, 2022
— Papa Peanut (@MLGPeanut) May 13, 2022
— kingpin🎓⚽️🛩 (@MANFORGETMONEY) May 9, 2022
— Mtumbuka Uja 420 (@UVM_Tweets) May 9, 2022
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References: Variety, The Guardian, The Evening Standard and The Line of Best Lift
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