After a long five-year wait, Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is out now after the Compton artist has raised anticipation from fans and fellow musicians alike.
Days after the Pulitzer Prize-winning MC revealed the solemn album cover via Instagram on Wednesday, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the internet, and stars Kehlani, Eric Bellinger, Roddy Ricch, and Yara Shahidi all liked and commented on the very personal artwork taken by photographer Renell Medrano.
Ricch commented, “Compton Jesus,” and additional Instagram users believed early on that Kenny’s fifth album could be Grammy-nominated for Album of the Year.
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Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers comes after Lamar released three consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200: To Pimp a Butterfly, Untitled Unmastered, and DAMN. The latter earned Lamar a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in music. Per a statement on the Pulitzer Prize official website, the album is “a virtuosic that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
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Lamar has appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 50 times, scoring eight top 10 entries and two No. 1 hits — with his solo track “Humble” and his feature on Taylor Swift’s tune “Bad Blood.”
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which is streamable on Apple Music and Spotify, features guest appearances by Thundercat, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Baby Keem, and more.