"This s**t hard." Kendrick Lamar just dropped the music video for his latest song, N95, off of his latest album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and it definitely goes hard. But did we expect anything less for Kung-Fu Kenny? Never. N95 is Lamar’s second new video off of his latest album following The Heart Part 5.
Five years later, Kendrick Lamar has officially released the album we've all patiently waited for, Mr Morale & the Big Steppers, and we can't stop listening. The lyrical genius has put his heart and soul into this album after revealing he struggled with his mental health and a two-year writer's block that was resolved after he "asked God to speak through me." Although the Compton native has been M.I.A. in the rap game for the past few years, fans are welcoming his return by praising the artist for his latest work, including the latest N95 and The Heart Part 5 videos.
Mr Morale & the Big Steppers, which was announced via a document posted to his cryptic "oklama" website, finally dropped last week with features from Sampha, Summer Walker, Baby Keem, and more. The diverse soundtrack spotlights his classic rap tone, jazzy beats, Nigerian Afro-rock band influence to chill soulful music, and so much more. On N95, Lamar constantly changes his tone giving his listeners a little bit of everything. In the video, the artist can be seen literally floating on water, then running away from a group of men, to driving around in donuts with Baby Keem.
In Lamar's self-directed music video for The Heart Part 5, Kung-Fu Kenny is seen behind a maroon backdrop as he slowly morphs into faces of fellow famous Black men, such as O.J. Simpson and Kanye West. The Money Trees singer continues to transform into celebrities who have recently made top headlines, Will Smith and Jussie Smollett. Lamar ends off the video transforming into Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle, where he raps from the late rappers' perspective. It comes as no surprise that Mr Morale & the Big Steppers is projected to hit the biggest opening week for the year and earn Lamar yet another number one spot on the Billboard charts. So, if you haven't yet heard 2022's hottest rap album of the year, make sure to check it out here.