Kendrick Lamar Announces His New Album’s Title & Release Date

Last week, on April 14, Kendrick Lamar’s most recent album, DAMN., celebrated its fifth anniversary. Four days later, K-Dot awakened a news cycle regarding his next LP.

Today (April 18), the Compton, California superstar responded to a Twitter user who dismissed Kendrick Lamar as “officially retired.” The tweet was from months ago, following Lamar’s Super Bowl performance alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Anderson. Paak.

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Lamar linked his website, which provided a dated and timed memorandum that defied the user’s speculation. Kendrick revealed that on May 13, he will release his fifth album, titled Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. The letter appeared with pgLang letterhead (aka The Language Enterprises). That is the company Kendrick and longtime friend/manager/creative collaborator Dave Free have formed. The letter reminded that “all factual information for this release will come directly from this source only.”

Last year, Kendrick revealed that he was parting ways with Top Dawg Entertainment. Years ago, it was reported that K-Dot is a part-owner of the label, which introduced Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, and others.

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Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar’s 2021 “family ties” collaboration with pgLang’s Baby Keem earned him his 14th Grammy Award. The artist did not attend the event.

Since DAMN., Kendrick and TDE oversaw the Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Black Panther soundtrack. He appeared on songs by Nipsey Hussle, Anderson .Paak, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and others.

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#BonusBeat: A 2021 episode of Ambrosia For HeadsWhat’s The Headline podcast that examines Kendrick Lamar’s exit and Top Dawg Entertainment’s rich legacy: