Kendrick Lamar has made his highly anticipated return with his new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
Serving as his final album for Top Dawg Entertainment, the double album boasts a whopping 18 tracks and clocks in at just over an hour. Throughout Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Lamar sings of cancel culture, and he even alludes to the reconciliation between Kanye and Drake on “Father Time.” He delivers lines like, “When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused/ Guess I’m not as mature as I think, got some healing to do.”
The album features a whole slew of big name collaborators like Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker, Thundercat, Sampha, Ghostface Killah,Florence and the Machine, Pharrell, and many more. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers also features spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle’s narration across multiple tracks.
Stream Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers below.
The stacked album also features contributions from Taylour Paige, Baby Keem, Beach Noise, Blxst, Amanda Reifer, Tanna Leone, and more.
After announcing that he was working on his last album with TDE back in August of 2021, Kendrick officially announced and detailed the record on oklama.com in April. The next month, Kendrick teased that it would be a double album before dropping the first and only single, “The Heart Part 5.”
Much like on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the accompanying video for “The Heart Part 5” also comments on cancel culture. Throughout the video, Lamar deepfakes into O.J Simpson, Will Smith, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Kobe Bryant, and Nipsey Hussle. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were credited for the deepfakes.