Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album, will be released on May 13, the Compton rapper revealed on Monday. Lamar made the remark in response to a fan who said he was “retired” on Twitter.
Lamar’s website, oklama.com, issued the official statement, which was printed on the letterhead of his multi-media firm, pgLang. There were no more facts offered save the title and the release date.
According to Lamar, “All factual information for this release will come directly from this source only,” “Appreciate your patience.”
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers will be Lamar’s first full-length album since Damn, which he released in 2017. He’s been relatively silent since then, with the exception of teaming with his cousin, Baby Keem, on “Family Ties” and “Range Brothers,” both from The Melodic Blue. For “Family Ties,” Keem and Lamar won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance.
Lamar initially disclosed that he was working on new music in August 2021, when he said that Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, his final project with Top Dawg Entertainment, would be released in August 2022.
“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood,” Lamar wrote at the time. “May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all.”
TDE President Punch spoke about Lamar’s exit from the label in February, saying that he is now a “grown man” who is ready to “build his own thing.”
Lamar’s official announcement for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers can be seen below.