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Kendrick Lamar announces new album title, release date

The rapper’s fifth album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers is out on May 13, 2022.

April 18, 2022
Kendrick Lamar announces new album title, release date Kendrick Lamar. Photo by Santiago Bluguermann/Getty Images  

Kendrick Lamar has finally revealed key details of his long-awaited fifth studio album. The Los Angeles rapper tweeted a link to his website oklama.com with a new press release announcing the album's title as Mr Morale & The Big Steppers with a release date of May 13, 2022.

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Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is the follow-up to 2017's Damn, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Music and Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammys. The new album will be Lamar's last for Top Dawg Entertainment, the label run by Anthony Tiffith that has released all of his albums so far. "I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years," Lamar said in an open letter. "May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators."

Lamar's new music will likely be released in association with pgLang, the new creative venture he's launched with Dave Free. Since launching in 2020, pgLang has worked on a Calvin Klein campaign and released Baby Keem's album The Melodic Blue. "Family Ties," the Baby Keem song featuring Lamar, won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance at this year's ceremony.

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Kendrick Lamar announces new album title, release date