Kendrick Lamar

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers

INFORMATION

Released as a double album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is Kendrick Lamar’s fifth and final studio album with Top Dawg Entertainment. TDE founder and CEO Anthony Tiffith teased fans during a May 2020 Instagram Live, saying “Stay patient” and “King Kendrick will return soon.”

On August 20, 2021, Kendrick teased his return with a new website—oklama.com—explaining that the upcoming project would be his last release with TDE:

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.

About a week later, on August 27, 2021, his cousin Baby Keem released “family ties,” featuring a guest verse by Kendrick with multiple allusions to the highly-anticipated record.

On April 18, 2022, Kendrick shared a statement revealing the project’s release date and title through his website and social media. A week before the release date, an image of Kendrick holding two CDs was shared via oklama.com, driving speculation that Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers would be a double album, which turned out to be accurate.

On May 8, 2022, Kendrick surprise-dropped “The Heart Part 5” with an accompanying music video that saw his face morphing into stars like Kanye West and Will Smith. Three days later, Kendrick took to social media to reveal the album’s cover art, shot by Renell Medrano. He didn’t unveil the album’s tracklist until its release, leaving fans hyped up until the final moments before the drop.

Song Credits

Primary Artists: Kendrick Lamar , Kendrick Lamar & Kodak Black , Kendrick Lamar & Tanna Leone , Kendrick Lamar & Taylour Paige , Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem & Sam Dew , Kendrick Lamar, Blxst & Amanda Reifer , Kendrick Lamar, Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah
Featuring: Beth Gibbons , Sampha
Producers: The Alchemist , Baby Keem , Beach Noise , BGK (Producer) , Bēkon , Boi-1da , Caloway , Cardo , Craig Balmoris , DJ Dahi , DJ Khalil , The Donuts , Duval Timothy , Emile Haynie , FNZ , Frano , Grandmaster Vic , Jahaan Sweet , J.LBS , Kendrick Lamar , Mario Luciano , Mustard , Pharrell Williams , Rappy , Rascal , Sounwave , Tae Beast , Tim Maxey
Writers: The Alchemist , Amanda Reifer , Baby Keem , Beach Noise , Beth Gibbons , BGK (Producer) , Bēkon , Blxst , Boi-1da , Caloway , Craig Balmoris , Daniel Krieger , DJ Dahi , DJ Khalil , Duval Timothy , Florence Welch , Frano , Ghostface Killah , Grandmaster Vic , Homer Steinweiss , Jahaan Sweet , Jake The Snake , J.LBS , Johnny Kosich , Kendrick Lamar , K. Jones , Kodak Black , Mario Luciano , Matthew Schaeffer , Matt Schaeffer , Mustard , Pharrell Williams , Rappy , Rascal , River Tiber , Sam Dew , Sounwave , Stuart Johnson , Summer Walker , Tae Beast , Tanna Leone , Thundercat , Tim Maxey , WESTSIDE BOOGIE
A&R: Brock Korsan , Kevin Rodríguez
A&R Coordinator: Juanita Niya Morton
Additional Production: Beach Noise , Bēkon , Duval Timothy , Grandmaster Vic , J.LBS , Tim Maxey
Additional Vocals: Baby Keem , DJ Dahi , Sam Dew , Sampha , Whitney Alford
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Anthony Vilchis , Brandon Blatz , Curtis “Sircut” Bye , Trey Station , Zach Peraya , Zach Pereyra
Assistant Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd , Brandon Wood , Dyryk , Evan Fulcher , Garry Purohit , Hannah Kacmarsky , Johnathan Turner , Johnny Morgan , Logan Haynes , Ray Charles Brown Jr. , Rob Bisel , Sedrick Moore II , Thomas Warren , Tristan Bott , Wes Seidman , Zachary Acosta
Background Vocals: Bēkon
Bass: Bēkon , Danny McKinnon , DJ Dahi , J.LBS , Thundercat
Choir: Anneston Pisayavong , Brenton Calvin Lockett , Bryce Xavier , Immryr LoBasso Spencer , Jaheen King Tombs , Paris Burton , Sydney Bourne
Choir Arranger: Denise Stoudmire
Co-Producer: FNZ , J.LBS , Mario Luciano , Rascal
Copyright ©: Aftermath Entertainment , Interscope Records , Universal Music Group
Distributor: Universal Music Group
Drums: Baby Keem , DJ Dahi , Homer Steinweiss , Sounwave
Engineer: David Bishop , Johnny Kosich , Matt Schaeffer
Guitar: Daniel Krieger , Danny McKinnon
Keyboards: Bēkon , Frano
Label: Aftermath Entertainment , Interscope Records , Top Dawg Entertainment , Universal Music Group
Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini
Mixing Engineer: Manny Marroquin , Mixed by Ali , Ya Boy N.O.I.S.
Narrator: Eckhart Tolle , Kodak Black , Whitney Alford
Percussion: Bēkon , DJ Dahi , Stuart Johnson
Phonographic Copyright ℗: Aftermath Entertainment , Interscope Records , ​pgLang , Top Dawg Entertainment , Universal Music Group
Primary Artists: Amanda Reifer , Baby Keem , Blxst , Ghostface Killah , Kendrick Lamar , Kodak Black , Sam Dew , Summer Walker , Tanna Leone , Taylour Paige
Programmer: Bēkon , DJ Dahi , Frano , Mike Larson , Sounwave
Publisher: Aftermath Entertainment , Interscope Records , ​pgLang , Top Dawg Entertainment
Publishing: Aftermath Entertainment , Interscope Records , ​pgLang , Top Dawg Entertainment
Recording Engineer: Andrew Boyd , Chad Gordon , Dyryk , Erwing Oliveras , James Hunt , Johnathan Turner , Johnny Kosich , Matt Anthony , Matt Schaeffer , Ray Charles Brown Jr. , Raymond J. Scavo III
Strings: Bēkon , Grandmaster Vic
Studio Personnel: Andrew Boyd , Anthony Vilchis , Brandon Blatz , Brandon Wood , Chad Gordon , Curtis “Sircut” Bye , David Bishop , Dusjni , Dyryk , Erwing Oliveras , Evan Fulcher , Garry Purohit , Hannah Kacmarsky , James Hunt , Johnathan Turner , Johnny Kosich , Johnny Morgan , Logan Haynes , Manny Marroquin , Matt Anthony , Matt Schaeffer , Michelle Mancini , Mixed by Ali , Ray Charles Brown Jr. , Raymond J. Scavo III , Rob Bisel , Sedrick Moore II , Thomas Warren , Trey Station , Tristan Bott , Wes Seidman , Ya Boy N.O.I.S. , Zachary Acosta , Zach Peraya , Zach Pereyra
Synthesizer: Bēkon
Video Additional Editor: Jack Begert
Video Assistant Director: Jamar Hawkins , Kenneth Taylor
Video Cinematographer: Adam Newport-Berra
Video Colorist: Mikey Rossiter
Video Director: Dave Free , Kendrick Lamar
Video Director Assistant: Drew Scott
Video Editor: Neal Farmer
Video Executive Producer: Dave Free , Kendrick Lamar , Nathan Scherrer
Video Hair Stylist: Dianne Garcia , Taylor McNeill
Video Photography: Mikey Alfred
Video Producer: Jamie Rabineau , Nathan Scherrer , Piet Bez , Red Sanders
Video Production Company: Freenjoy , ​pgLang , Project3​ (Production Company) , Red Productions
Video Production Designer: Freyja Bardell
Video Sound Design: Brandon Loulias
Video Special Effects: Brandon Noack
Video Stunt Coordinator: Russell Towery , Sean “Speedy” Christopher
Video Stuntman: Tyshawn Jones
Video Vfx: Ethos
Vocals: Baby Keem , Beth Gibbons , Ghostface Killah , Kendrick Lamar , Kodak Black , Summer Walker

 

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