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Kendrick Lamar Drops New Album 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'

Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited follow-up to his 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. has now arrived. The record, titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is his final project under Top Dawg Entertainment.

The LP is divided into two volumes of nine tracks, featuring collaborators like Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Thundercat, Baby Keem, Sampha, and others. As for producers, Pharrell, Duval Timothy, the Alchemist, Beach Noise, Boi-1da, Sounwave, Dahi, FNZ, J.LBS, Bekon, and more all contributed to the record.

Throughout the album, the voice of Eckhart Tolle – a spiritual teacher and author – can be heard narrating multiple songs. Lamar’s partner Whitney Alford is credited as a narrator on several songs as well.

Lamar officially announced the record last month, but he has been teasing his “final TDE album” since August of last year. At that time, he launched his mysterious Oklama website, which has been the source of all of the album updates.

Just a week ago, Lamar shared "The Heart Part 5," the latest in his long-running “The Heart” singles series. The song, which is not on the album, was released alongside a music video in which the rapper’s face morphs into deepfakes of OJ Simpson, Will Smith, Jussie Smollett, Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, and Nipsey Hussle.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is now available to stream here. The artist has also announced a 2022 tour to support the new album. You can find tour info here.

Watch and listen to "The Heart Part 5" below.

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Article Image: Kendrick Lamar raises his hand in the air while performing at the 2015 Life Is Beautiful Festival. (kobbydagan via DepositPhotos.)

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