Kendrick Lamar Announces Return with New Album 'Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'

The follow-up to 'Damn.' is arriving next month

Photo: Geoff Fitzgerald

BY Kaelen BellPublished Apr 18, 2022

Kendrick Lamar jumped on Twitter today with a link to his Oklama website, which reveals that his new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is arriving May 13.

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is the long-awaited follow-up to Lamar's Pulitzer-winning 2017 album Damn. He hasn't exactly been quiet since then — curating and helming the Black Panther soundtrack, headlining Coachella, winning some Grammys and even getting nominated for an Oscar — but this is still big news for fans who might've thought he was out of the album game for good. 

Lamar originally teased the record— what he's called his "final TDE album" —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."

In 2019, Kendrick Lamar featured on Sir's "Hair Down," Raphael Saadiq's "Rearview," the Lion King song "Nile," Dreamville's "Under the Sun," and 2 Chainz's "Momma I Hit a Lick." In October 2021, he showed up on the Busta Rhymes song "Look over Your Shoulder" before appearing on Baby Keem's "Range Brothers" and "Family Ties."

In March 2020, Lamar and his longtime collaborator Dave Free launched pgLang, which they described as "a new multi-lingual, at service company." 

See Lamar's tweet below. 

Latest Coverage