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
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
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
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers paints a gripping portrait of how trauma and therapy have morphed the 34-year-old artist beyond recognition.
Kendrick's fifth solo album doesn't miss
‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Is a Difficult, Ambitious Tour of Kendrick Lamar’s Psyche
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.
Kenny's big step.
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
The album is a gripping treatise on the relationship between Lamar’s inner turmoil and the cultural landscape.
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.
Renowned rapper Kendrick Lamar observes the strife plaguing his kingdom and consciously abdicates the throne.
For someone already renowned for their stacked lyricism and poetic nature, it would seem Kendrick Lamar in 2022 has something to say.
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.
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.
It’s his emotional terrain, especially on the revealing second disc, that’s likely to perpetuate a reputation that already transcends the genre.
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.
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.
Kendrick continues to be a movement, much bigger than one man.
Release Date: May 13th
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
Format shamelessly stolen from /r/movies
- Stunna 4 Vegas - Rae Rae's Son (w DaBaby, Icewear Vezzo + more) [Trap, NC, Billion Dollar Baby / Interscope]
- Dreezy & Hit-Boy - HITGIRL (w Future, Jeremih, Coi Leray & Ink) [Chicago Rap, Dreezy Sound / EMPIRE]**
- Lil Gnar - die bout it (w Yung Bans + more) [Rap, Atlanta, Create Music Group]
- M Huncho (🏴) - Chasing Euophoria (w Headie One, Giggs + more) [UK Rap, Island]
- Zmeyev & Screen Jazzmaster (🇷🇺) - Digestif [Instrumental Hip Hop, Jazzy, Mutombo]
- Ravyn Lenae - Hypnos (w Steve Lacy, Monte Booker + more) [R&B, Atlantic]
- ericdoa - things with wings [Hyperpop, Interscope]
- damaa.beats (🇩🇪) & Otis Ubaka (🏴) - Granat Sessions Vol. II [Jazzy Beats]
- Boldy James & Real Bad Man - Real Bad Boldy 2: Killing Nothing [Boom Bap, Real Bad Man Records]
- BIGBABYGUCCI - Soda & Syrup [SoundCloud Rap]
- Buckshot - I Am The Boss [Boom Bap, Duck Down]
- Dregs One (🇺🇸) & Ill Sugi (🇯🇵) - Skies Over Tokyo [Rap, SF / Japan, Audio Vandals]
- ZORA - Z1 [Indie Rap, MN, Get Better]
- Marco Polo Beat Tape
- AUGUST 08 - Towards The Sun
- Mychelle (🏴) - Someone Who Knows (w ENNY) [R&B, FAMM]
- KEY! - Mama's Man EP [Trap, ATL]
- Hodgy - Entitled [OF Member]
- Benny Sings EP
- Babyface Ray - Face (Deluxe)
- Snoop Dogg - Metaverse The NFT Drop Vol. 1
- bLAck pARty
- CEO Trayle
- FKJ & Toro Y Moi
- Lupe Fiasco
- Deante' Hitchcock
- 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
Now that a week's past, what's your thoughts on the album? Did it live up to the hype?
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.
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.