Kendrick Lamar on Monday seemingly announced his fifth studio album will come out next month, the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper’s first full-length project since 2017’s acclaimed “DAMN.”
The superstar cryptically tweeted a link to his announcement in response to another user’s missive that “Kendrick Lamar is officially retired.”
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) April 18, 2022
Lamar, 34, linked to his website that’s a blank page with two folders, one of which opened to a fax-esque statement saying that an album entitled “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers” would come out May 13.
The prolific artist has turned to verse to tackle race relations and his own internal searching set to music that incorporates jazz and spoken word.
In honoring him with a Pulitzer, the award board said Lamar’s “DAMN.” was “unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”
Following that historic prize, he curated and contributed a number of songs to the soundtrack for the film “Black Panther,” including his Grammy and Oscar-nominated collaboration with SZA, “All the Stars.”
He has featured in songs since then, including on his cousin Baby Keem’s latest album.
There have been a number of false alarms of new music from the decorated artist — but Monday’s announcement seemed to be the most concrete indication of the rapper’s plans yet.
“All factual information for this release will come directly from this source only,” read the statement he linked to.
Earlier this year, Lamar took the stage with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige to perform at the Superbowl halftime show with a set made to look like the houses of Compton and South L.A.
But that appearance didn’t seem to be enough for Lamar’s fans, with thousands tweeting about their excitement for his new album.