Kendrick Lamar dropped his first new solo unmarried in just about 4 years on Sunday night time, known as “The Heart Part 5.” The tune arrives simply days earlier than the long-awaited liberate of his 5th solo album, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” on Would possibly 13.
The video starts with Lamar rapping by means of himself in entrance of a crimson display, however every now and then has the faces of different rappers, and debatable or deceased Black males photoshopped over his: Kanye West, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, OJ Simpson, Jussie Smollett and in the end Nipsey Hussle.
The video, which used to be directed by means of Lamar and longtime collaborator Dave Unfastened, opens with a written observation — “I am. All of us,” attributed to “Oklama,” a reputation Lamar has been the usage of in his fresh cryptic bulletins in regards to the album — which might be interpreted to be a observation in regards to the faces which might be superimposed over his within the video.
The tune’s lyrics blaze by means of briefly — test Genius.com for in-depth research — however the faces appear to have direct connections to a minimum of one of the most lyrics: West’s seems throughout a connection with a “friend’s bipolar,” Simpson’s references a “bulletproof rover,” and Hussle’s takes the type of an extended soliloquy that closes out the tune, it sounds as if from the point of view of the overdue L.A. rapper, who used to be murdered in 2019 and used to be a detailed good friend of Lamar’s.
“To my brother, to my kids I’m in heaven … To the killer that sped up my demise: I forgive you, just know your soul’s in question/ I seen the pain in your pupil when that trigger had squeezed/ And though you did me gruesome, I was surely relieved/ I completed my mission, wasn’t ready to leave/ But fulfilled my days, my Creator was pleased … To my neighborhood, let the good prevail … I can’t blame the hood the day that I was killed.”
The tune opens with a spoken advent with Lamar thanking “everyone who’s been down with me, all my fans, all my beautiful fans” earlier than he bursts into rapid-fire rapping over a jazzy musical backing that becomes ’70s soul for the refrain.
The tune is the newest in Lamar’s ongoing sequence known as “The Heart,” achieving again to 2010.
Lamar unveiled the long-awaited “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” album ultimate month. Responding to an previous tweet from SK that claims, “Kendrick Lamar is officially retired,” the rap titan replied with a hyperlink: oklama.com, which ends up in a notice that reads:
“The next observation used to be launched these days by means of oklama, via his corporate pgLang at 11:00 a.m. PT in Los Angeles, CA:
Album: ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ Free up date: 5/13/2022
All factual knowledge for this liberate will come immediately from this supply best.”
Lamar’s ultimate full-length venture used to be 2017’s Grammy-winning “DAMN,” which used to be launched simply two days earlier than his headlining Coachella set, additionally ended in his Pulitzer Prize and made him the honoree at Selection’s inaugural Hitmakers match.
He adopted a yr later by means of curating and contributing a number of songs to the “Black Panther” soundtrack, together with his duet with SZA, “All the Stars.” In 2021, he featured on two songs from his cousin Child Keem’s newest album — “Range Brothers” and the Grammy-winning “Family Ties” — even supposing the ones appearances simply gave the impression to energize and make his fan base much more impatient.
There have even been a number of false alarms, equivalent to a social media frenzy ignited ultimate summer season by means of his file label TDE, however that grew to become out to be a tease for the Isaiah Rashad album. As a number of fanatics identified on social media, Lamar introduced his long-awaited new album by means of a minimalist fax web page very similar to the only Michael Jordan put out in March 1995 to announce he used to be finishing his retirement and returning to the NBA.