Kendrick announces ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers Album Release Date

The wait is coming to an end.

Kendrick Lamar has announced the title and release date of his new album, which will be called Mr. Morale and Big Steps.

K-Dot took to Twitter on Monday, responding to a speculative retirement tweet, to confirm news of their upcoming album. Her long-awaited fifth studio album arrives May 13.

Kendrick Lamar announces the title and release date of his new album
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The announcement took the form of a pgLang version, viewable on Oklama’s website. It says he’s from Oklama — a name Kendrick has teased over the past year — and “through his company pgLang.” As the statement confirms, “all factual information for this statement will come directly from this source only.”

“Appreciate your patience,” the bottom of the statement read.

For Kendrick fans, patience has been their best friend for the past five years, following the release of K-Dot’s latest studio album. SLIM in 2017.

Pulitzer Kenny hasn’t been entirely silent since the release of the award-winning LP either, as he fronted the acclaimed Black Panther soundtrack the following year and spent the summer of 2021 showering Baby Keem with a few features to melodic blue. Then, in November, Lamar took the stage at Day N Vegas for his live comeback, where he toured full of discography before rolling in “Family Ties” and “Range Brothers” with Keem. He and Keem won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance last month for “Family Ties.”

“Nothing could prepare me for this moment tonight,” Keem said as he accepted the award. “I just want to say thank you to my support system. The city of Las Vegas, my family, the women who raised me to shape me into the man I am today.

The founder of pgLang signed a note as “Oklama” in August on the same website where he announced the album on Monday, promising fans he would “see” them “soon enough”. Well, it seems the time has finally come.

“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years,” Lamar wrote. “The struggles. The success. And above all, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.

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