Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated upcoming album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, will be released on May 13, the Compton rapper announced in a statement on Monday. Lamar shared the announcement in response to a fan who had claimed on Twitter that he is “retired.”

The official statement went out through Lamar’s website, oklama.com, under the letterhead of his multi-media company pgLang. Outside of the title and release date, no further details were provided. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers will be Lamar’s first full-length effort since 2017’s Damn.

Lamar first revealed that he was working on new music back in August 2021, when he announced that the then-untitled, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, will be his final project with Top Dawg Entertainment.

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“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,” Lamar wrote at the time. “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.”

Check out Lamar’s official announcement for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers below.

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