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."

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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.

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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.

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Lamar's lyrical intensity is made for repeated listening, but here are some first impressions from the standout tracks on the album.