After a fan tweeted that Kendrick Lamar had “officially retired,” the influential rapper/producer responded by posting an announcement that he has a new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, coming May 13th.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) April 18, 2022
The new album from Kendrick Lamar, who has been using the nickname “Oklama” in his sparse public dispatches over the last two years, will be his first since 2017’s DAMN (not including the 14 songs he wrote and produced for the soundtrack to the superhero film Black Panther in 2018). It will also be his last with Top Dawg Entertainment before he shifts to his releasing his work through his multi-media company, pgLang.
An official announcement posted to Lamar’s website, oklama.com, included very few details. Under the company’s letterhead—and mimicking the format of Michael Jordan‘s famous “I’m back” press release—the announcement simply said, “The following statement was released today by oklama, through his company pgLand at 11:00 PT in Los Angeles, CA.” Under that, the statement read, “Album: ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers'” and “Release date: 5/13/2022.” The document also said that “All factual information for this release will come directly from this source only.”
Prior to announcing his new album, Kendrick headlined Las Vegas’ Day N Vegas festival last November and performed alongside Dr. Dre at the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show in February. He has upcoming appearances at Miami’s Rolling Loud in May and at Glastonbury in the U.K. in June.
Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers will drop May 13th. Stay tuned for further updates.