Kendrick Lamar Announces New Album, Breaks the Internet


| LAST UPDATE 04/22/2022

By Zuzanna Krause
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Stop whatever it is you're doing, and take a DAMN seat because the moment we've all been waiting for is here. Kendrick Lamar has officially announced his upcoming album, in the most Kendrick Lamar manor - with a cryptic offline message signed, "oklama." So are we referring him to Oklama now? Either way, the phenomenally talented rapper is gifting us with a fifth studio album, and we can't wait. Here's what to know.

Recognized as one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time, Kung Fu Kenny has finally announced details regarding his newest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Fans are going wild over the news, especially after waiting more than five years since the release of the Pultizer-winning 2017 album DAMN. Although he's seemingly been "laying low," his resume says quite otherwise. Since then, the singer took home a few Grammys, curated and collaborated on the Black Panther soundtrack, won an Oscar, performed at the Super Bowl half time, and participated in a whole lot of meaningful projects we wish we were a part of.

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Between all that good stuff and this upcoming album, Lamar teased his fans last summer with a mysterious somethin' which, of course, broke the Internet. The Pulitzer Prize winner shared a website with his fans, Oklama, with an off-white folder titled "nu thoughts," where he left a statement signed oklama. He refers to it as his "final TDE album." Naturally, we had so many questions and not so many answers - until now.

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The rapper announced his album debut by responding to a tweet from an online user that said, "Kendrick Lamar is officially retired." The Compton native clapped back with a simple link to, which leads users to a note stating the album title, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, and release date-May 13, 2022. The short press statement was released "from the desk of oklama," stating that "all factual information for this release will come directly from this source only," and thanks everyone for their patience. And that's it, folks; that's what we got. We'd definitely stay tuned if we were you.

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