Kendrick Lamar - MR MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS First REACTION/REVIEW

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Kendrick Lamar drops his long awaited album "Mr Morale & The Big Steppers" after a 5 year wait. Will it please everyone?

Kendrick Lamar - MR MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS Full Album Tracklist
DISC 1: BIG STEPPERS
01 “In Grief”
02 “N95”
03 “Worldwide Steppers”
04 “Die Hard” Feat. Blxst & Amanda Reifer
05 “Father Time” Feat. Sampha
06 “Rich” (Interlude)
07 “Rich Spirit”
08 “We Cry Together” Feat. Taylour Paige
09 “Purple Hearts” Feat. Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah

DISC 2: MR. MORALE
01 “Count Me Out”
02 “Crown”
03 “Silent Hill” Feat. Kodak Black
04 “Savior” (Interlude)
05 “Savior” Feat. Baby Keem & Sam Dew
06 “Auntie Diaries”
07 “Mr. Morale” Feat. Tanna Leone
08 “Mother I Sober” Feat. Beth Gibbons Of Portishead
09 “Mirror”

Best Tracks - Mother I Sober/Mirror/Savior Interlude/Silent Hill/We Cry Together/Father Time/In Grief

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i hope this doesn’t come off wrong but this album also humanised kendrick, he discussed his faults and shortcomings but he spoke so bluntly and emotionally about himself here and it gave me a look inside the pressure he deals with, sonically this aligns with my taste as well

Author — Khutso Montja

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I can respect Shawn’s opinion on MM&TBS. And honestly am not surprised when people say they’re not feeling the album. After listening to it in full about three times so far, I can tell that Kendrick intentionally avoided putting much emphasis on making club bangers or radio friendly tracks. He also wasn’t interested in barring us to death with amazing wordplay.

The focus of this project was to openly focus on his inner demons as well as that of “black culture” in a way the was beautifully poetic but not necessarily to flex his emceeing skills. That was clearly going to take center stage alone while production and emceeing skills were going to take a back seat to that.

The reason, I feel, that he did this is because he wants the listener (particularly those in the “black community”) to inspired and reflective of their own inner demons.

IMHO, every great music artist should have at least one of these types of projects where they have the balls to say “I’m going to put together this deeply personal or experimental album that I know most people may not feel. But if you can relate to it come on this journey with me.” I can relate to this album immensely. I love the use of piano on several of the tracks. They put me in a contemplative mood to think about my own inner demons when I’m listening to them. It’s cathartic. Most of this album has high replay value for me.

My two cents.

Author — Parker Mudsen

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the baby keem interlude is incredible. I mean like "My Uncle Would Tell Me The Shit In The Movies could Only Be Magic, This Year, I Did Forty-Three Shows And Took It All Home To Buy Him A Casket" is such a good bar.

Author — - Shlurp

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I think what might get some people is that the album is less typically “entertaining” and without bangers than some of his other work. But he trades that in for vulnerability and openness in a project where he says in mirror “I choose me” and more importantly that “you should chose you”. He’s done trying to be anything to anybody or the black savior that the black community lifts him up to be. He’s getting off the soapbox that he tried so hard to preach from and saying he’s only human. Maybe not necessarily the project we wanted, but the project he needed.

Author — Herostriker neo

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If I’m understanding the overarching concept, side A is the big steppers. It’s the his old lifestyle, the posturing, the overconfidence, and the questions it all raises. And then side B, Mr. Morale, is about him becoming removed from those life situations. As Shawn said he’s finally in the quiet and having time to unpack his trauma. It literally starts with a song called Count Me Out (yes I know it’s used in a different context in the song but he’s Kendrick so I don’t think it’s a reach to say it’s layered) and ends with him saying he chooses him and releasing himself from the obligations he feels people have put on him as an artist and person.

Author — Alesdi

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This was definitely Kendrick’s most personal album, he is being transparent and honest. It feels like he has accepted his problems and is eager to heal and fix himself.

Author — Habib Atai

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This project had many album cuts, it was therapeutic and thought provoking. Some elements reminded me of Section 80. It didn’t have as many hits as DAMN & GKMC, but true Kendrick fans listen to him for both sides of him. I think this was needed in an industry soaked in Tik-Tok / street rap. To me it’s a classic. 9/10

Author — D Mackaveli

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I feel like this album is the “4 your eyes only” of Kendrick’s discography. It’s not banger heavy or really music I’d put in my playlist, but it was like catching up with an old friend on the phone when they’re dealing with some stuff.

Author — Midspiker

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Sharon Lee (Bruce lee’s daughter, the author of be water my friend) said “Self actualization isn’t a place. Self actualization is a direction” and as the album goes on, he’s realizing that he’s just a person and not some sort of deity to be held at a godlike level. It makes complete sense, the Big Steppers side is him thinking he’s big and the Mr. Morale side is him coming to the realization that he’s just a person.
Just my two cents.

Author — Beckham

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Honestly the album is a roller coaster of gorgeous Melodie’s, insanely personal bars, and some of the absolute hardest experimental beats paired with insanely high quality delivery. I was blown away.

Author — hullstar242

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On United grief (1st song) he started off the song by saying he has been going through something for 1855 days. That is how many days ago he dropped DAMN. At the beginning of the song Whitney (his fiancé) tells him to "Tell Them what's been going on". Them being the therapist and now us. You can clearly tell he is reluctant to open up and talk to the therapist. This is his first session. Then the whole album he continues to take us through his sessions and his growth. Growth is not always an upward projection. A lot of the time it's anger, denial, it's ranting. It is realizing things you have not realized before. And sometimes it's saying fuck what everyone else feels. And that is exactly what the first side of the album is. Then the second side of the album starts with" Session 10. We reached a breakthrough. And the second album is that breakthrough. It is him admitting his guilt, his anger, his hurt, his wrongs, his trauma, his family trauma and accepting it and healing from it. And loving himself. Again this is not an upward trajectory either. But the album ends with him choosing himself. This whole album takes us through his self-love journey through trauma and pain. And he shows this process is not easy, pretty, or conventional. It is personal and it is the hardest journey anyone would have to take in their life. But it is so rewarding.

Author — Moneice Bonner

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I truly believe that as time goes on more and more people will consider this album a masterpiece. Feels like theres already so many different messages to unpack. None of the tracks were made to be bangers to the level of DAMN. It felt more like Kendrick had to get things off of his chest and expose himself for his flaws, his sins and his problems. If people are going into the album expectign to hear anthems they're gonna be extremely disappointed because like TPAB that's not the point of the album at all.
I also feel like the timing of "Crown" was perfect for what Shawn was saying. "I can't please everybody", when TPAB came out people didn't like it at first because it wasn't like GKMC, when DAMN. came out people didn't like it at first because it wasn't like TPAB and now people aren't liking MM&TBS because it's not like DAMN.

Author — bup

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As a young black man that’s currently working out my problems both inside and outside of my therapy sessions, this album is in my top 2 of all-time

Conceptually, this is the best thing I’ve ever heard and anyone who has gone through severe and damn near crippling trauma can understand why the most vulnerable song “mother I sober” is near the end of the album.

And to the point of Kendrick properly critiquing the culture, he did all of that on “The Heart”, but Id implore ppl to look at this album from the perspective of someone who’s looking at all the negatives and addressing them as such from a place of hurt. He’s working through those serious topics and concerns without actually addressing his actual issues until later in the album. It’s even stated by the therapist that he is “tap-dancing around the subject” at the end of “We Cry Together”. Often times people express their warped perspectives of the world during therapy but fail to reach the source of their pain.

It’s the musical equivalent to Shia Leboeuf’s film “Honeyboy”. This is a man laying out his journey through pain, confusion, and pressure to eventually come to a place of clarity.

Author — 7theSage

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DISC 1: BIG STEPPERS
0:56 “In Grief”
3:11 “N95”
5:13 “Worldwide Steppers”
6:39 “Die Hard” Feat. Blxst & Amanda Reifer
8:07 “Father Time” Feat. Sampha
10:31 “Rich” (Interlude)
11:19 “Rich Spirit”
11:55 “We Cry Together” Feat. Taylour Paige
14:14 “Purple Hearts” Feat. Summer Walker & Ghostface Killah

DISC 2: MR. MORALE
14:54 “Count Me Out”
16:25 “Crown”
17:19 “Silent Hill” Feat. Kodak Black
18:30 “Savior” (Interlude)
19:45 “Savior” Feat. Baby Keem & Sam Dew
25:02 “Auntie Diaries”
29:29 “Mr. Morale” Feat. Tanna Leone
30:05 “Mother I Sober” Feat. Beth Gibbons Of Portishead
33:02 “Mirror”

Author — Pull up in that rover

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Not to be harsh, but it seems that you wanted an album that sonically aligned and entertained you + the general populace. But it seems like Kendrick this time around made an album for himself to continue moving forward and that's beautiful to me. It's what he had in him for the past 5 years, and that's what he crafted with. Sure it may not resonate and relate to the overall populace but I think art is for the artist first and foremost. Not everything needs to be relatable, sometimes it's nice to just listen to someone else's story. I think people sometimes forget that artist are people too; they go through their own specific problems and deal with them in their own specific ways. No one's perfect, they aren't always going to be morally correct like a lot people want them to be. But it's still nice to hear and know they want to share their experiences with such a large audience.

Author — Harry S

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I’m mexican, and I don’t want this to seem like I’m trying to steal black trauma. But Mother I Sober really spoke to me and borderline triggered me because I went through something similar and so has my family. It’s happened a lot to us as well, just in different ways. Or maybe its the same idk. But Kendrick speaking so openly about it felt almost empowering because it felt like someone was speaking up for male sexual abuse victims for the first time in hip hop, even music. I hardly ever see that in any genre.

Author — Chel Ronin

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If I’m not mistaken, this album is also going to be a stage play as well. After my first listen, that’s all I could see in my head. How all of these tracks played out as ACTS. I didn’t like it my first go around, but with that in mind on my second I found it much more enjoyable and I appreciated more.

Author — D. Lloyd

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This album seems like an album for himself, he didn’t make a piece of art to sell he made it to truly express himself and all his issues and history.
Not to mention his experiences with gender, race and even class in the US

Author — Will

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This isn't the Kendrick album I wanted, which I think had me disappointed Initially, but man...this album is so powerful and emotional and the more I listen to it, the more I'm starting to love it. Of course like 2-3 songs were complete misses for me, but overall I'm loving the album and the fact that Kendrick put out the album HE wanted rather than selling out. I Think this is gonna be one of those albums that people sit with for a while and will end up praising it as being AOTY.

Author — jaysonpeters

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This album felt a lot more emotional, powerful, thematically deep, and versatile than DAMN. I personally believe that Kendrick took a lot more risks here than he did with DAMN and overall I liked the songs a lot more here than on DAMN. The album was very beautiful in the Melodie’s and themes kendrick conveyed with each song and it definitely isn’t a radio friendly album, but that’s what makes it so beautiful and enchanting. This was Kendricks raw, emotional therapy session and I love it!

Author — StrawHat Zora