Kendrick Lamar surprisingly dropped a new song five days before the release of his new album.
On Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar released “The Heart Part 5,” his first new solo track in four years. His fifth solo album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” will be released on May 13.
The song was accompanied with a music video that opens with a written statement — “I am. All of us,” attributed to “Oklama,” a name Lamar has been using in his recent announcements about his album. Kendrick Lamar’s visage morphs into O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Kobe Bryant, Jussie Smollett, Will Smith, and Nipsey Hussle in the video directed by Dave Free and Kendrick Lamar.
The video begins with Lamar rapping by himself in front of a red screen, but occasionally has the faces of other rappers, and controversial or deceased Black men photoshopped over his.
“Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” is Lamar’s fifth studio album, after his Pulitzer Prize-winning and Grammy-nominated DAMN., which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 list in 2017.