Kendrick Lamar delivers a raw, soul-baring musical odyssey on long-awaited double album
Say this to Kendrick Lamar - he'll have you waiting, but when he returns, it's one giant presentation.
Five years after his Grammy-winning and Pulitzer Prize-earning "Damon," one of the darkest rappers in the game, Friday released the double album, "Mr. Morale and Big Steps."
On 18 tracks alike "Big Stepper" and "Mr. Morale," Lamar spends an hour and 13 minutes driving listeners through a musical odyssey heavily over piano riffs, inconsistent bites of sound and, as expected, Holding their soul too much.
The guest list includes familiar names — Kodak Black, Baby Came, Ghostface Killah — and some interesting inclusions, such as actress Taylor Paige and Portishade's Beth Gibbons.
Lamar's lyrical intensity is made for repeated listening, but here are some first impressions from the standout tracks on the album.