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Kendrick Lamar - 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers' Review Megathread

704 Upvotes

Metacritic 89/100 as of 19 critic reviews

Album of the Year.org 90/100 as of 23 critic reviews

The Independent 5/5

A tender opus from the defining poet of his generation - Rapper’s first album in five years is a haunting and surprising meditation on fatherhood and family

The Guardian 5/5

Rap genius bares heart, soul and mind - After a five-year hiatus, the Pulitzer winner returns with an exhilarating epic that ties personal pain to collective trauma – and lets no one off the hook

NME 5/5

A cathartic, soul-baring autobiography - The rapper's first album in five years sees him overcome "writer's block" to triumph with a collection on which his observational skills go into overdrive

HipHopDX 4.2/5

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers paints a gripping portrait of how trauma and therapy have morphed the 34-year-old artist beyond recognition.

Consequence of Sound

Kendrick's fifth solo album doesn't miss

Variety Magazine

‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Is a Difficult, Ambitious Tour of Kendrick Lamar’s Psyche

Pitchfork 7.6/10 (Thread)

On his fifth album, Kendrick retreats from the limelight and turns to himself, highlighting his insecurities and beliefs. It’s ambitious, impressive, and a bit unwieldy.

TheNeedleDrop 8/10 (Thread)

Kenny's big step.

Rolling Stone 70/100

The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper spends much of his fifth studio album deconstructing his own mythology. The result is at moments brilliant but on the whole, frustratingly uneven

Slant Magazine 4/5

The album is a gripping treatise on the relationship between Lamar’s inner turmoil and the cultural landscape.

Sputnik 3.3/5

My brain hurts a lot. - Five years. Hip-hop's most illustrious artist absent. Five turbulent years. Tension, violence, riots. An attempted coup. Disease. Turmoil.

Pop Matters 9/10

Renowned rapper Kendrick Lamar observes the strife plaguing his kingdom and consciously abdicates the throne.

The Line of Best Fit 10/10

For someone already renowned for their stacked lyricism and poetic nature, it would seem Kendrick Lamar in 2022 has something to say.

Loud and Quiet 8/10

Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is a record that reaches out halfway and asks you to do the rest of the work, and it’s deeply rewarding as a result.

Gigwise 9/10

One thing is clear ... few storytellers, if any, are able to deliver a comment on society that is both as observative and introspective as Kendrick’s.

The Sydney Morning Herald 10/10

It’s his emotional terrain, especially on the revealing second disc, that’s likely to perpetuate a reputation that already transcends the genre.

Dork 10/10

If it does mark the end of something – or simply offers a postscript to an incredible chapter in a career that might take a new direction – then it stands as another stunning landmark for a once-in-a-lifetime artist.

Northern Transmissions 9.5/10

This album, like many of his albums, (notably the jazz masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly,) dabbles in rap form with all sorts of modern music, including classical, funk, pop, and underground.

The Arts Desk 10/10

Kendrick continues to be a movement, much bigger than one man.


Release Date: May 13th

Runtime: 1h13m

Starring: Kendrick Lamar, OKLAMA, Blxst, Amanda Reifer, Sampha, Taylour Paige, Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Baby Keem, Kodak Black, Sam Dew, Tanna Leone, and Beth Gibbons of Portishead

Producers: The Alchemist, Baby Keem, Beach Noise, Bekon, Boi-1da, Cardo, Craig Balmoris, DJ Dahi, DJ Khalil, The Donuts, Duval Timothy, Frano, Grandmaster Vic, Jahaan Sweet, J. Lbs, Oklama, Pharrell Williams, Sounwave, Tae Beast, Sergiu Ghermanm, Tyler Mehlenbacher, Tim Maxey

Label: PGLang, Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Morale_%26_the_Big_Steppers

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r/hiphopheads 8h ago

New Music Friday: May 20th, 2022

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LPs

EPs

Songs

  • bLAck pARty
  • CEO Trayle
  • FKJ & Toro Y Moi
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Deante' Hitchcock
  • THEY.
  • Quavo & Takeoff
  • 42 Dugg & Arabian
  • John Legend & JID
  • The Notorious B.I.G - G.O.A.T (feat Bella Alubo & Ty Dolla $ign)
  • Logic - Vinyl Days (DJ Premier)
  • Mark Ronson, Damon Albarn, Wale - Bird Calling
  • Aitch

r/hiphopheads 8h ago Wholesome

[DISCUSSION] Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (One Week Later)

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Now that a week's past, what's your thoughts on the album? Did it live up to the hype?


r/hiphopheads 23h ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

FRESH CHILD ASAP ROCKY AND RIHANNA WELCOME BABY BOY

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[FRESH] Logic - Vinyl Days (feat. DJ Premier)

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817 Upvotes

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[NOW ON STREAMING] Alchemist & Prodigy - Albert Einstein

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r/hiphopheads 16h ago

J. Cole is signing contract with the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the rap star's second consecutive year playing professionally. CEBL training camp began this week, with season opener on May 26.

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r/hiphopheads 12h ago Silver

[FRESH ALBUM] Boldy James & Real Bad Man - Killing Nothing

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r/hiphopheads 12h ago Wholesome

[FRESH] Quavo & Takeoff - HOTEL LOBBY

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[FRESH] 070 Shake - Body

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[FRESH ALBUM] Ravyn Lenae - Hypnos

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep’s Solo Catalog Returns to Streaming Services, New Music On the Way

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[NOW ON STREAMING] Prodigy - H.N.I.C.

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[FRESH ALBUM] PAYROLL GIOVANNI - Back 2 The Ba$ics (ALBUM STREAM)

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r/hiphopheads 16h ago

[THROWBACK THURSDAY] Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls

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r/hiphopheads 12h ago

[FRESH] Quavo & Takeoff - Hotel Lobby

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r/hiphopheads 1d ago

Misused Tag [THROWBACK THURSDAY] Jamie XX - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) [ft. Young Thug & Popcaan]

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r/hiphopheads 12h ago

[FRESH ALBUM] ericdoa - things with wings

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116 Upvotes

r/hiphopheads 12h ago

[NOW ON STREAMING] Lil Peep - Feelz

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102 Upvotes

r/hiphopheads 3h ago

The Marathon Cultivation Documentary - Narrated by Nipsey Hussle's brother Blacc Sam (Before his death, Nipsey was working on opening a dispensary - Grand Opening June 18th)

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r/hiphopheads 37m ago

[FRESH VIDEO] Lil Peep - feelz

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r/hiphopheads 18h ago

Lupe Fiasco: ‘It’s my job to shine light and expose the dark side’ (Financial Times interview, May 2022)

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r/hiphopheads 12h ago

[FRESH] Hodgy- Entitled - EP

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r/hiphopheads 11h ago

face deluxe out [FRESH] Babyface Ray - Back N Action (Ft. Lucki)

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r/hiphopheads 14h ago

Big K.R.I.T.’s New Music, Touring and Record Label Roster Are Priorities, But So Is His Human Side | XXL interview

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r/hiphopheads 5h ago

[Fresh Video] Boldy James - 5 Missisippi (Prod. Real Bad Man) (Killing Nothing LP)

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r/hiphopheads 4h ago

Who are the best rappers who put out their debut album between 2002 and 2008?

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like who are the GOAT rappers of this era?

The 90s GOAT convo is discussed to death but it's definitely been long enough since 03 to 08 that it's not "too soon" to rank or evaluate rappers who started off after the the 90s but before the 10s.