On May 13th, Kendrick Lamar will release his first full-length studio album in five years, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers. Kendrick’s last album, DAMN., came out April 2017 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music so, needless to say, anticipation for what we’re about to hear on Friday is… well… high would be an understatement.
Joe Budden says that he's "jealous" of the autonomy afforded to Kendrick Lamar by transitioning to his own label ahead of the release of his highly-anticipated fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.
"I am so fucking jealous of how he's able to do that," Budden said during the segment, after reading a post from Lamar's website. "In his own way, just quietly, ain't said a peep for years."
Kendrick Lamar has tweeted a new link to his Oklama website. And, on the site, the rapper revealed his new album’s title and release date: Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is out May 13.
Lamar teased the record—his “final TDE album,” as he described it—on a website launched in August 2021. “May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling,” he wrote at the time. “There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown.” He signed the note, “Oklama.”
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers follows Lamar’s Pulitzer-winning 2017 album Damn. Since then, he’s curated and helmed the Black Panther soundtrack, headlined Coachella and Top Dawg Entertainment’s Championship Tour, won a bunch of Grammy Awards, and been nominated for an Oscar.