Kendrick Lamar Drops a New Album


Renell Medrano

Official album cover for “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers”.

Kendrick Lamar released his highly anticipated album titled “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” on Friday, May 13.

Kendrick is one of the most influential modern rappers. It has been five years since the release of his last album, which is a very long time in the rap scene. His songs tell stories about racism, gang violence, and personal struggles. Kendrick frequently examines characters in his music, with the focus this time being on himself.

The album is actually a double album, with 18 total tracks making it Kendricks largest album that clocks in at about 75 minutes, but not his longest. The double album has features from Baby Keem, Tanna Leone, Pharrell, the controversial Kodak Black, and many more.

“Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” is on track to sell 325,000-350,000 digital units in the first week, which would give Kendrick the largest first-week sales of 2022 so far. In a first for the artist, there are no physical copies of the album, sales are determined by streams on platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud. A certain number on each platform is equivalent to a single sale, with that number fluctuating between platforms.

Shortly after the release of the album, Kendrick announced a 2022 world tour for the album with Baby Keem and Tanna Leone coming along for the ride. They will be touring in North America starting in July all the way through September, with stops in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand later in the year.

Kendrick’s album has been met with critical praise, as per usual for the artist. Fans have already begun to speculate what his next project will be once he is finished touring and working on the soundtrack for the upcoming Marvel movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. It is likely that he will be nominated for several awards at next year’s Grammys for the project, but time will tell how commercially successful his latest project will be.