Kendrick Lamar’s new double-length album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is the biggest album drop of 2022 so far!
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The 18-track project features Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Baby Keem, Thundercat, Sampha, Blxst and more. Arriving five years after his Pulitzer-winning album DAMN, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is seemingly personal and therapeutic. “Rather than give us direct meaning Kendrick [Lamar] leaves breadcrumbs for us to follow,” as mentioned on the Switched on Pop podcast.
If you’re listening to Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers on repeat or perhaps trying to dissect the tracklist, you’re not alone. These new podcast episodes from Switched on Pop, Rolling Stone Music Now, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour , and Popcast take a deep dive into the iconic rapper's latest album. Listen up!
Switched on Pop
The samples on Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers aren’t used just for their sound, in many cases they unlock the song’s meaning. Switched on Pop picked six stand out samples for close listening to hear the intent hidden in the music.
Rolling Stone Music Now
Kendrick Lamar is tearing apart his own image – and everyone's confused. Marcus J. Moore, author of the definitive biography The Butterfly Effect, joins host Brian Hiatt to break down the long-awaited Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.
NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is anything but a breezy victory lap. Kendrick Lamar examines generational trauma, sexual politics, and his own attempts to grow amid high expectations and heavy introspection. NPR's Steven Thompson and guest hosts share their first listen impressions.
Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza, New York Magazine and Vulture's Craig Jenkins and The Nation's Stephen Kearse stop by the NY Times's Popcast. The music experts discuss Kendrick Lamar’s five-year pause between albums, his evolution as an artist, and of course, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.