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Kendrick Lamar announces first album in over five years ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’

Kendrick Lamar has officially announced his first album in more than five years, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

The follow-up to DAMN is on the horizon in less than a month, as it’s out on May 13th. When Kendrick Lamar teased his “final TDE album” last summer, he signed the note “oklama,” posting it on oklama.com. Now, the exact same site has shared a press release “from the desk of oklama.”

The press release announced Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. According to the release, “all factual information for this release will come directly from this source only.” At the same time, Kendrick’s Twitter account linked to the announcement, quote tweeting another tweet that reads, “Kendrick Lamar is officially retired.” Could oklama be Kendrick’s new pseudonym?

“Appreciate Your Patience,” Lamar wrote at the bottom of the letter.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers will not only mark his fifth album to date, but it will also be his final release with Top Dawg Entertainment. He’s leaving his longtime label for pgLang.

Check out the letter in full below.

Back in August, Kendrick Lamar teased Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, saying, “As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years.”

“I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence.

I go months without a phone.

Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family.”

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