American rapper, songwriter, and record producer Kendrick Lamar has released a new song “Mother I Sober”, featuring English singer and songwriter Beth Gibbons of Portishead off his fifth studio album, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.”
Released on May 13, 2022, it will be his first studio album since the 2017 release of Damn. “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” is expected to be released in association with PGLang and Top Dawg Entertainment; Lamar has stated that the album will be his last with Top Dawg Entertainment.
In December 2020, the Roskilde Festival announced that that Lamar would be headlining the festival in 2021, noting that “new material [was] on the way”. On April 14, 2021, during an interview with Complex in commemoration to the fourth anniversary of Damn, Lamar’s engineer MixedByAli was asked if the album would arrive in 2021 and replied: “It might, it might, you never know”.
In a blog post on August 20, 2021, Lamar announced that he was in the process of producing his final album under the Top Dawg Entertainment label, writing: “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone.