They have been waiting for him for 5 years. The link to the album just released thumorous par Kendrick Lamar that fans were quick to plug in their headphones and tune back in to the streaming platforms they had been updating since midnight on Friday. Because today is Friday May 13th What’s this released Mr Morale and the Great Steppers, the new album by the American rapper who had already made the news earlier this week with a jumbled clip.
Drowned under the influx of thousands of users, the giants Apple Music et Spotify they were victims of several crashes, preventing some rap lovers from discovering the double album. We have could hear the whole project.
Conspiracy and war in Ukraine
Faithful to the rapper’s discography, this new album is full of references to current events. Recognized for his sharp and subversive pen, Kendrick Lamar proposes, as usual, the critique of a fragmented society. The rapper specifically addresses the rise of conspiracy theories emanating from religious groups during the Covid-19 crisis. In saviordrop: “Saw a Christian pronounce the vaccine mark of the beast, then he took Covid and prayed to Pfizer for relief. “. Listen: “I saw a Christian say that the vaccine is a sign of the end of the world and of the Antichrist, then he took Covid and prayed to Pfizer for relief. “.
The feather of Kendrick Lamar, combative and brilliant, also denounces the behavior of political personalities including Vladimir Putin, whom the rapper was already targeting The heart part 4. In Moral Lord and the great stepper The returns to the accusation naming the Russian president by his name: “Vladimir who does nightmares“which can be translated as “Vladimir creates nightmares”. Here the artist denounces 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 engaged against discrimination against the African American community, poverty or even mental health, the wonder of Compton now he adds transphobia and homophobia affecting the community to his theme LGBTQ +. Highlight of the album, the track Aunt’s diaries he thinks about the passage of his aunt into a man and his cousin into a woman. Above a minimalist instrumental,The artist whispers the trajectory of two of his relatives and the discrimination they suffered as black and transgender. “He didn’t laugh so hard when the kids started joking “Froccio, fagot, fagot”. We don’t know better middle school kids without filters “the rapper sings referring to the episodes in which his cousin was called “pedalista” by his classmates.
The artist takes advantage of it forself-criticism, denouncing their actions and prejudices: “Demetrius is now Mary-Ann. I mean, it’s really Mary-Ann, he also took things further, he changed sex before Bruce Jenner, he was certain he was living his truth even if it meant seeing a surgeon. We didn’t talk to each other for a while, he seemed more distant, he didn’t feel comfortable with me, it was all offensive “, or in French: “Demetrius is Mary-Ann now, I mean she really is Mary-Ann, he even stepped forward, he changed sex before Bruce Jenner, he was sure he was living his truth even if it meant seeing a surgeon. We didn’t talk to each other for a while, he seemed more distant, he didn’t feel comfortable with me, it was all offensive. “.
This title will surely mark a turning point in the history of rap, this is the first track on which such a popular rapper Kendrick Lamar confesses his support for the community LGBTQ+.
The rapper confesses his deception
Kendrick’s confessions about very personal episodes in his life continue. In this new album, the artist confides that he had an affair with a white woman while he was still with his girlfriend, Whitney Alford, with whom he has just had a second child. The rapper says he even wondered if he was not himself racist in cheating on his African-American wife with a white woman.
un behavior that, according to him, would indignant his ancestors if they were still around: “I said maybe I’m a racist. The ancestors looked at me while I was fucking it was like a punishment for me “ (“Whitney asked if I had a problem. I said, “I could be racist.” The ancestors looked at me while I was fucking it was like retaliation “)sings nervously Stepper around the world.
The pair were recently spotted in Ghana, which may deny the rapper’s feared separation at the time of writing.
A spirituality so present
Different voices are heard in all the songs: that of rappers Kodak Black and Baby Here ubiquitous in the project, by his partner Whitney Alfordof the rock band Firenze e the Machine, but also that ofEckhart Tollo. The writer, now recognized as a spiritual coach, was made famous for his work The power of the present moment, released in 1997.
A At the time, the book would remain in the shadows until it was a huge hit with American stars making it.Eckhart Tollo their personal spiritual guide. Invited in the early 2000s by Oprah Winfrey who says she feels a revelation by reading the book, the author will gain worldwide popularity. We understand a little better why Kendrick Lamar has given him the role of narrator in several passages crossed by the theme of spirituality in Mr. Moralethe second part of the album.
A family matter
Mr Morale and the Great Steppers, cIt is also a family business. Beyond the lyrics that evoke the artist’s love and admiration for his children, his girlfriend or even his mother, the rapper Kendrick Lamar also wanted to invite his cousin Baby Hererapper and producer who won four trophies including “best new artist” and “best album of the year” at the last Grammy. Logic that we feel the influence of the young artist on certain pieces such as N95where otherwise it appears as one of the producers.