Kendrick Lamar is back again with his 5th studio album. Fans have waited for the past five years and are now already diving deep into “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” since the record hit the scene on May 13th. Here we are, and Kendrick Lamar is blessing our souls one more time.
“Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers:” Review
Kendrick Lamar does it again and creates a piece of high art. The messages that guided the album are also exactly what the Hip-Hop world needs right now. Lamar opens his soul up to anyone who listens to the album.
The entire album also seems like Kendrick is self-reflecting and allowing us an opportunity to see it play out. Additionally, it’s great seeing the freedom of the album and the depth that King Kendrick is willing to go into his own psyche.
The Best Tracks On “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”
“Die Hard” ft. Blxst and Amanda Reifer
Kendrick focuses on his insecurities developed in past relationships after opening up. He then realizes he can’t let the past influence his future relationships.
“Father Time” ft. Sampha
This track discussed how Kendrick was raised by his father and how it still influences him. Lamar was raised to be tough, don’t cry, and get it for yourself. Many boys also grow up with the same teachings.
Kendrick talks about holding his beliefs close while fighting against outside opinions.
“Purple Hearts” ft. Summer Walker and Ghostface Killah
The last song on the first disc is about being in a relationship where you question if it’s real love. Summer Walker and Ghostface Killah also add their point of view on the subject. This is a declaration to listen up when “loves talking.”
Best Tracks On Disc 2 Of “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”
“Savior” ft. Baby Keem and Sam Dew
This one song covers racism, being politically correct, and COVID-19.
“Bite they tongues in rap lyrics/ Scared to be crucified in a song, but they won’t admit it/ Politically correct is how you keep an opinion”‐ Kendrick Lamar.
“Mother I Sober” ft. Beth Gibbons
Lamar talks about his mother’s sexual abuse. Then, he talks about his addiction to sex and how it caused him to cheat on his woman. Kendrick also addresses the sexual abuse that has plagued the black community for generations. Lamar then states how he wants people to overcome these traumatic experiences.
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“Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” was not just thrown together. Kendrick Lamar thought about this project and then produced an above-average final product. He also decided to dive deep into tough topics that most rappers shy away from. Generational curses, depression, father issues, addiction, sexual abuse, cheating, and LGBTQ issues all are discussed on the album.
Rappers discussing these topics, in the way that Kendrick talks about them, can be named on the one hand. Kendrick is also a part of a small group that sets the standards for others in the game. The tracks on the album go past each topic’s surface and then leave the listener with a message for growth. Overall, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” album gets an FMHipHop rating of Platinum.