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Kendrick Lamar Announces New Album!

The long anticipated fifth studio album from the rapper will release in May.

Kendrick Lamar is not retired.

Aside from a few guest appearances recently, Lamar has been keeping a low profile. Now, he's returning with his fifth studio album.

The rapper revealed the release date for the highly anticipated project while clapping back at a fan on Twitter. The account speculated his retirement from music, posting,

"Kendrick Lamar is officially retired."

Lamar himself responded with nothing more than a cryptic link to his website.

The website link led to a brief press release that confirmed the release of Lamar's highly anticipated fifth studio album, which fans now know is titled "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers". The full statement read,

“From the desk of Oklama,
For immediate release.
Los Angeles, CA (April 18, 2022) - The following statement was released today by oklama, through his company pgLang at 11:00 a.m. PT in Los Angeles, CA:
Album: ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’
Release date: 5/13/2022
All factual information for this release will come directly from this source only.
Appreciate your patience."

Lamar later posted the announcement to his Instagram.

Lamar's last album was the 2017, Grammy-winning "DAMN," which dropped just two days before his headlining Coachella set that year. The record went triple-platinum, and became the first rap album to ever win a Pulitzer Prize.

His fifth album will be Lamar's last under his longtime label, Top Dawg Entertainment. The rapper announced in August that he would be leaving the company, releasing a statement that read,

"As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life's calling."

"Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers" drops Friday, May 13.

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