Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers dropped today from Compton wordsmith Kendrick Lamar’s. This momentous 18-track return to the rap spotlight after a five-year break from the industry.
Outside of a few guest appearances on cousin Baby Keem’s 2021 effort The Melodic Blue, fans have not heard much from the Pulitzer Prize winner since 2017’s DAMN. “The Heart Pt. 5,” in which Lamar raps over a sample loop of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 single “I Want You,” came earlier this week (May 8) and gave fans a taste of the new album’s vibes.
Guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Blxst, Sampha, Summer Walker and so many more are on the double-disc record clocks in at 73 minutes. Lamar stretches the musical boundaries of his artistry to reflect on such themes as fatherhood, faithfulness, materialism, generational curses and much more.
One review states:
This album is truly amazing, but you must really listen for the message. This album is the out come of a 15year+ healing process, a black king truly coming into his crown. Not a crown he took, but a crown that was gifted from the world itself, from the energies themselves. Raw emotion, solid beats, lyricism that brings breath into new perspective.... I would not dare call any art perfect, for if it is perfect it is not