Kendrick Lamar announced his forthcoming fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, last month — five years after his Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. This will be his final record on his longtime record label TDE, and up until now, we have gotten little information as to what to expect from the project which drops May 13.
Lamar recently updated his personal website to share a photo of two discs containing the masters of the album. One CD was titled "Morale," and the other was titled "Steppers,"prompting fans to speculate the possibility of a double record.
It's s apparent that Lamar has entered a new era as an artist. The Compton emcee has been going by the new moniker, oklama, making fans believe that he has taken on a new alter ego — much like his "Kung Fu Kenny" character during his DAMN era.
For those needing a refresher, he is the last statement Lamar made regarding his new album.
“I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone. Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next. As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, 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. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. See you soon enough. Oklama."