Kendrick Lamar’s last album, Damn, was released in 2017. Yes, you read that right, five years ago. Of course in that time he also gifted the world with Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By, featuring bops such as ’All the Stars’ with SZA and ‘Pray for Me’ with The Weeknd, but it has been a very very long time since we have gotten any new music from Kendrick. So, you can understand why we at THP were so hyped for his new release, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
This is Kendrick’s first release under his own creative imprint, pgLang. The company launched in 2020 and they currently have three artists signed. However, if this album is any indication of what is yet to come from pgLang, then we at THP will definitely be keeping an eye on their future releases.
The album boasts an eighteen-song tracklist and runs an impressive 75 minutes, with Kendrick being accompanied by a host of featured artists such as Florence Welch, Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker, and Sampha. The album also features Kendrick’s cousin and Grammy nominee, Baby Keem. What a talented family! Check out the full tracklist below:
Disc 1: Big Steppers
- ‘United in Grief’
- ‘Worldwide Steppers’
- ‘Die Hard ft. Blxst & Amanda Reifer’
- ‘Father Time ft. Sampha’
- ‘Rich (Interlude)’
- ‘Rich Spirit’
- ‘We Cry Together ft. Taylour Paige’
- ‘Purple Hearts ft. Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah’
Disc 2: Mr. Morale
- ‘Count Me Out’
- ‘Silent Hill ft. Kodak Black’
- ‘Savior (Interlude)’
- ‘Savior ft. Baby Keem & Sam Dew’
- ‘Auntie Diaries’
- ‘Mr. Morale ft. Tanna Leone’
- ‘Mother I Sober ft. Beth Gibbons of Portishead’
An overarching theme in the album is family, which is unsurprising given that Kendrick Lamar has had two children in five years since his last album was released. The album also, however, discusses the themes of introspection, conflict, and resolution and it definitely feels incredibly vulnerable. This is felt especially on songs like ’Crown’ and ’Mother I Sober,’ both of which feel very personal and powerful.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is overall a huge hit for us and really reminds us of why we love Kendrick’s music so much. While you can tell that waiting five years for a new album really paid off, we also really hope Kendrick doesn’t deprive us of masterpieces like this for that amount of time again.
So, what are you waiting for?! Go add Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers to your music libraries!! Go!