Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is the upcoming fifth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. Set to be released on May 13, 2022, it is his first studio album since the release of 2017’s critically acclaimed Damn. The album is expected to be released in association with PGLang, Lamar’s newly-founded media company, and Top Dawg Entertainment. Lamar has stated that the album will be his last with Top Dawg Entertainment.
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. Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next. 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. There’s beauty in completion. And always faith in the unknown. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. I’ve prayed for you all. See you soon enough.
On April 18, 2022, Lamar announced on social media through a PGLang-headed letter that he would release Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers on May 13, 2022.