Kendrick Lamar has tweeted a new link to his Oklama website. And, on the site, the rapper revealed his new albumâ€™s title and release date: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is out May 13.
Lamar teased the recordâ€”his â€œfinal TDE album,â€ as he described itâ€”on a website launched in August 2021. â€œMay the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my lifeâ€™s calling,â€ he wrote at the time.
â€œThereâ€™s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown.â€ He signed the note, â€œOklama.â€
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers follows Lamarâ€™s Pulitzer-winning 2017 album Damn. Since then, heâ€™s curated and helmed the Black Panther soundtrack, headlined Coachella and Top Dawg Entertainmentâ€™s Championship Tour, won a bunch of Grammy Awards, and been nominated for an Oscar.
In 2019, Kendrick Lamar featured on Sirâ€™s â€œHair Down,â€ Raphael Saadiqâ€™s â€œRearview,â€ the Lion King song â€œNile,â€ Dreamvilleâ€™s â€œUnder the Sun,â€ and 2 Chainzâ€™s â€œMomma I Hit a Lick.â€ He was set to headline Glastonbury Festival 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic shut down festivals and touring for the year. In October, he appeared on the Busta Rhymes song â€œLook Over Your Shoulderâ€ before joining Baby Keem on â€œRange Brothersâ€ and â€œFamily Ties.â€
In March 2020, Lamar and his longtime collaborator Dave Free launched pgLang, an enterprise they described as â€œa new multi-lingual, at service company.â€
Heâ€™s the subject of a new cultural biography by Pitchfork contributor Marcus J. Moore called The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America.
Damn. was Pitchforkâ€™s No. 1 Album of 2017. Watch its episode of Pitchforkâ€™s â€œInstant Classicâ€ below. Plus, read â€œWith Kendrick Lamarâ€™s Pulitzer Win, the World May Finally Be Catching Up to Rapâ€ on the Pitch.