5 years after the release of DAMN, Kendrick Lamar signs his return! This Friday, May 13, the rap planet rushed to Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, fifth album by the American artist. In the program ? Piano, gospel and extended features on two discs. But then, was this album worth the wait so long?
A discreet announcement, the cover of the album, a single The Heart Part.5, little promotion and finally here it is! Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar’s fifth album is finally available. This album is, as we thought, split in two. Nine titles for Mr Morale and nine other songs for The Big Steppers. In total, the child from Compton offers us 73 minutes of sound. As soon as it was put online on the platforms, at midnight, the influx of users was so great that two streaming platforms were simply victims of a crash. Fortunately, on Deezer, we had no problem discovering the one we were no longer expecting…
A comeback that hits home!
Five years ago, rap prodigy Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize, in the Music category, thanks to his fourth album, DAMN. A well-deserved prize. But since then, nothing. Well almost. The rapper is behind the film’s soundtrack Black Panther in 2018. And last week, it was with a sample ofI Want You by Marvin Gaye that Kendrick Lamar unveiled a draft of his art. Once again, it creates surprise and unanimous support. With its clip for The Heart Part. 5, thanks to the deepfake, it sports several faces of missing or controversial American people (Kobe Bryant or Will Smith).
It is therefore with great impatience that we opened our Deezer application to listen to the absolute master of American rap. And it starts strong, very strong even with United in Grievance. An angelic voice intervenes from the beginning of the piece then it is the turn of the piano to intervene, before Kendrick Lamar embarks on an impressive accelerated flow. We continue to listen with N95 and Worldwide Steppers. The third title, introduced by the sounds of tap dancing, is a real gem. A kind of introspection always accompanied by a few piano notes. It does not take more to understand that all this work was worth the wait! And the fans had a field day: on Twitter, the reviews are rave reviews.
Again and always well surrounded!
A little further on the first disc, Father Time also caught our attention. In this title, which he shares with Sampha, the child of Compton evokes the values transmitted to him by his father. Sometimes he doesn’t necessarily seem to share them, like when he advises her never to show her emotions. “Cause if I cried about it, he’d surely tell me not to be weak. Daddy issues, hid my emotions, never expressed myself”.
Then there is We Cry Together. A real verbal contest between him and the actress Taylor Paige. And with this song, the argument, we live it! These aren’t the only two feats. what the album contains. To conclude his first part, Kendrick shares Purple Hearts with one of the new R’n’B icons, Summer Walker, but also rapper Ghostface Killah. A title much smoother but just as pleasant. In the second part, we put our finger on a particular piece, Mother I Sober. In all sobriety, this song shared with Beth Gibbons of Portishead leaves us speechless. Soft and strong at the same time, always accompanied by a few piano notes, it transports us.
As you will have understood, these 73 minutes absolutely did not disappoint us. A piano as a common thread, notes of jazz, electro, gospel, featurings and him, of course. Known as one of the best rappers of his generation, especially for his lyrics against all forms of social injustice, Kendrick Lamar once again proves his talent with this double album!
Source : Huffington Post
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