Kendrick Lamar is back. How will his album reflect the changes in the world?

Kendrick Lamar’s latest solo album, SLIM, dropped in the spring of 2017. It was an eye-opening time. Donald Trump’s assault on civil liberties, Twitter and our collective nerves was just beginning at the start of his presidency, and he had emboldened white supremacists who exposed how scourge racism still was. The women behind the #MeToo movement have also revealed just how rampant sexual assault is in our institutions, dishonouring figures like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby.

If that wasn’t enough, 2017 was the deadliest year for massacres in a decade. Even before COVID, the societal tumult caused many of us to turn inward and take stock of our lives. In turn, many of the most memorable rap releases of the year were reflective. Jay Z’s 4:44 replied to Beyoncé Lemonade as an equally moving confessional album in which he admitted his extramarital affairs and got candid about wanting to do good with his family. Vince Staples big fish theory showed the Cali rapper giving another poignant glimpse of the streets of Long Beach through an updated take on classic funk and electronic music. And Tyler, the Creator shone flower boya lush and deeply personal album that, for many, marked his sonic evolution from a petulant teenager to a grown man with thoughtful reflections on the world.

arrived first, SLIM set the tone for all of these projects, with Kendrick becoming existential throughout the album on tracks like “DNA” and “FEAR”. He said that SLIMAll 14 tracks tell a story meant to be played backwards and forwards. Whichever direction one listens in, it’s hard to deny his genius, and the project has added another track to one of hip-hop’s most infallible catalogs. SLIM, a flawless, Pulitzer Prize-winning project, has us excited for Kendrick’s next step. We didn’t know, it would take five years to find out.

The long wait is finally over. New music from Kendrick Lamar is imminent. Today, the iconic MC announced that his fifth solo studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, will arrive on May 13, ending a long hiatus since his last full solo album. It has been five years since SLIM.

Kendrick fans stand next to only Grand Theft Auto die-hards when it comes to a prolonged thirst for new products, as there has been immense speculation as to what he will do next. There was a exclusive January 2020 about him being “close” to finalizing a rock-influenced album, but then the pandemic hit and the world changed dramatically. In August 2021, Kendrick released a letter announcing that the then-unnamed album would be his last on Top Dawg Entertainment, while expressing that he was grappling with “love, loss and heartbreak”, alluding to some possible themes for the new project. The next month, pictures appeared of Kendrick filming a video in LA. In 2022, the Milano Summer Festival announced an upcoming performance in July and promised that Kendrick would “play the tracks from the long-awaited new album by fans”, while Rolling Loud tweeted and deleted that his upcoming set in Miami “means exactly what we think that means. It seems like he was waiting for the concert scene to return to some sense of normalcy after COVID shut down venues around the world.

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