Kendrick Lamar has unleashed ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ – his fifth studio album.
Unlike previous albums, ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ did not include lead single. However, it remains just as compelling as he explores themes of generational trauma, acceptance, fatherhood, and more across the project.
That Grape Juice has been spinning the LP since its release. Join us below to find out which five tracks are essential on ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.’
5. We Cry Together
On the most ruthless and unforgiving track on ‘Mr. Morale,’ Lamar paints a picture of a couple during an explosive argument. Make no mistake, this is not a rap battle, this is not a duet, this is a slice of reality, where each member of the couple is fighting to be heard and instead is silenced by the other. However, one listen and it is loud and clear that this is one of the best tracks on the album.
4. Worldwide Steppers
There have been many changes for Lamar since he released his album ‘Damn’ in 2017. One such instance is becoming a father, which appears to have affected his perspective. Case in point, ‘Worldwide Steppers,’ an exploration of fatherhood set to the tune of a warbling beat. One of the most interesting and haunting songs on the album, ‘Worldwide Steppers’ is not just a baby step forward for Lamar, but a leap in a complex and new direction.
3. Father Time
Featuring a chorus sung by Sampha, ‘Father Time’ sees Lamar at one of his most raw and vulnerable moments as he confesses to having “daddy issues” that have resulted from generational trauma. A mature look in the mirror, ‘Father Time’ is a true jewel on an album of gems.
2. Mother I Sober
An evocative piano ballad, ‘Mother I Sober’ is an exposure of emotion not seen in a Kendrick song thus far. Exploring themes of childhood abuse, he takes aim at past traumas from not just him, but the ones that have plagued the family for years. Hands down one of his best songs ever, ‘Mother I Sober’ is a prime example as to why he is his generation’s poet.
1. Auntie Diaries
With as much praise as Lamar receives, there is always one aspect that continues to ring true: his innovation. Take for example his song ‘Auntie Diaries,’ in which he tells the tale of acceptance when it comes to two transgender family members. Typical subject matter that the hip-hop world dare not touch, Lamar continues to prove why he is far and above any other MC out there.
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