Anything Kendrick Lamar-related makes the internet go nuts. Between Lamar's Super Bowl 2022 half-time performance and surprise cowboy-booted Coachella appearance with Baby Keem, Kung Fu Kenny's fans are consistently on edge, hoping for just a snippet of fresh music every time resurfaces.
Until recently, those hopes were always dashed, as Lamar would always play the hits and disappear without even humming a new melody.
And the good news is that the full album is leaked online and is available today for free download.
About The Album:
Ahead of the album drop, Kendrick released a new song, “The Heart Part 5”. This continues a tradition from 2010 when he came out with "The Heart Part 1" ahead of the release his mixtape Overly Dedicated. Not every song in the “Heart” series makes it onto the work that its preluding though so it remains to be seen whether or not this track will be included on Mr Morale & The Big Steppers. Kendrick’s “Heart” songs have become kind of like a journal entry as he kicks off a new era. Per Hypebeast, the “series exhibits the rawest and most unfiltered Kendrick, one who talks about everything he’s feeling at each stage of his career”. That’s definitely what Kendrick is doing with Part 5 and so much more.
Nothing I could write would ever do justice to these lyrics as Kendrick reflects on community and culture, trauma, pain, and also forgiveness. This is a beautifully empathic track that ends on big empathy, amplified by the video. Because in the video Kendrick deepfakes into OJ Simpson, Jussie Smollett, Kanye West, Kobe Bryant, and finally, Nipsey Hussle. It is as Nipsey that he concludes the song, on a note of kindness, hope, and above all love. The love Kendrick has for Nipsey, for what he stood for, and for the greater Black community…with the kind of masterful wordplay that only Kendrick can serve. This is the line that almost broke me:
But the previous Sunday The world has a new Kendrick Lamar song. “The Heart Part 5” is the title. It’s the rapper’s first new tune as the main artist since 2018, and it comes ahead of his long-awaited Damn. follow-up Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. The rapper’s visage changes into multiple deepfakes in the video, directed by Dave Free and Lamar, including OJ Simpson, Will Smith, Jussie Smollett, Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, and Nipsey Hussle. When he’s West, the songs talk about bipolar disease, and when he’s the late Hussle, the lyrics talk about murder. It begins with the following Oklama quote: “I am. All of us.”