Kendrick Lamar releases "Mr Morale & the Big Steppers": five things to remember from the new album where he reveals himself

Kendrick Lamar releases “Mr Morale & the Big Steppers”: five things to remember from the new album where he reveals himself

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They had been waiting for him for 5 years. The link to the album has just been posted on youwitter for Kendrick Lamar that fans were quick to plug in their headphones and tune back into the streaming platforms they had been updating since midnight on Friday. Because today is Friday May 13 What is it He left mr moral and the great climbers, the new album by the American rapper who had already given news earlier in the week with a confusing clip.

Drowned under the influx of thousands of users, the giants Apple Music Y Spotify they were victims of several crashes, which prevented some rap lovers from discovering the double album. We have I could hear the whole project.

Conspiracy and war in Ukraine

Faithful to the rapper’s discography, this new album overflows with references to the present. Renowned for his sharp and subversive pen, Kendrick Lamar offers, as always, the critique of a fragmented society. The rapper addresses in particular the rise of conspiracy theories emanating from religious groups during the Covid-19 crisis. Inside saviorhe falls: I saw a Christian say the vaccine brand of the beast, then he got Covid and prayed to Pfizer for relief.”. To listen: I saw a Christian say that the vaccine is a sign of the end of the world and of the Antichrist, then he got Covid and prayed to Pfizer for relief..

the pen of Kendrick Lamar, bellicose and brilliant, also denounces the behavior of political figures such as Vladimir Putin, whom the rapper already pointed to in The heart part 4. Inside mr moral and the great Step by Step The returns to office naming the Russian president by his first name:vladimir doing nightmareswhich can be translated as “Vladimir Creates Nightmares”. The artist denounces here the responsibility of the head of the Kremlin in the outbreak of the war in Ukraine at the end of February.

Denounce transphobia and homophobia

while we knew commits against discrimination against the African American community, poverty or even mental health, the wonder of Compton now add transphobia and homophobia affecting the community to your chart LGBTQ+. The highlight of the album, the track. aunt diaries he remembers the transition of his aunt to a man and his cousin to a woman. On a minimalist instrumental,The artist whispers the trajectory of two of his relatives and the discrimination they suffered as black and transgender people. He didn’t laugh so hard when the kids started joking ‘faggot, faggot, faggot’. We don’t know better high school kids without a filter.”sings the rapper recounting the episodes in which his cousin was called “pedals” by his classmates.

The artist takes advantage of this toself-criticism, denouncing their own actions and prejudices: Demetrius is Mary-Ann now. I mean, he’s really Mary-Ann, he even took things further, he changed his gender before Bruce Jenner, he was sure he was living his truth even if it meant seeing a surgeon. We didn’t speak for a while, he seemed more distant, he wasn’t comfortable with me, it was all offensive.” or in French: Demetrius is Mary-Ann now, I mean she really is Mary-Ann, she even went a step further, she changed her gender before Bruce Jenner, I was sure she was living her truth even if it meant seeing a surgeon. We didn’t speak to each other for a while, he seemed more distant, he wasn’t comfortable with me, it was all offensive.”.

This title will undoubtedly mark a turning point in the history of rap, this is the first track where a rapper as popular as Kendrick Lamar confesses his support for the community LGBTQ+.

The rapper confesses his deception

Kendrick’s confessions about very personal episodes of his life continue. In this new album, the artist confesses to having had an affair with a white woman when he was still with his fiancée, Whitney Alford, with whom he has just had his second child. The rapper says he even wondered if he wasn’t himself a racist by cheating on his African-American wife with a white woman.

youn behavior that he claims would outrage his ancestors if they were still around:I said maybe I’m racist. The ancestors watching me fuck was like a punishment for me” (“Whitney asked me if I had a problem. I said, “It could be racist.” The ancestors who watched me fuck were like retaliation”)sing nervously in steppers all over the world.

The couple was recently spotted out and about in Ghana, which may negate the rapper’s feared split at the time of writing the song.

A spirituality so present

Different voices are heard throughout the pieces: that of rappers Kodak Black and Baby Keem omnipresent in the project, from his partner Whitney Alfordof the rock band Florence and tea machine, but alsoEckhart Scream. The writer, today recognized as a spiritual coach, became famous for his work The power of the present moment published in 1997.

HAS At the time, the book would remain in the shadows until it was a huge hit with American stars who would makeEckhart Scream your personal spirit guide. Invited in the early 2000s by Oprah Winfrey, who says she feels an revelation by reading the book, the author will gain popularity all over the world. We understand a little better why Kendrick Lamar gave him the role of narrator in several pieces crossed by the theme of spirituality in mr moralthe second part of the album.

a family affair

mr moral and the great climbers, againstIt is also a family affair. Beyond the texts that evoke the artist’s love and admiration for his children, his fiancee or even his mother, the rapper Kendrick Lamar also invited his cousin Baby Keemrapper and producer who won no less than four trophies including “best new artist” and “best album of the year” in the last grammys. It is logical that we feel the influence of the young artist in certain pieces such as N95where he otherwise appears as one of the producers.

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