Kendrick Lamar has the world’s full attention with his fifth studio album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. The double-disc, featuring Ghostface Killah, Kodak Black, Blxst, Portishead’s Beth Gibbons and Summer Walker, among others, is set to be KDot’s final release with longtime label home Top Dawg Entertainment and also set to be the year’s biggest album release so far, besting Future’s I Never Liked You.
As vast and topically deep as the album is, KDot’s fellow pgLang co-founder Dave Free added to the speculation on Friday (May 13) by sharing a snippet of the video to “N95”. The visual begins with “THIS SHIT HARD” repeated in text before cutting to a young man sitting on a beach, staring out at the ocean while a figure, presumably Lamar dressed in all white, holds his hands aloft in Christ pose and floats towards him.
“Hello, new world, all the boys and girls, I got some true stories to tell,” the song’s opening begins. “You’re back outside, but they still lied.”
While the final video hasn’t been released for consumption, Free did drop a tiny breadcrumb, highlighting he and Lamar are out in Ghana, hanging out with locals and presumably putting the final touches for the first slice of the visual story Mr. Morale wants to unleash onto fans across the globe.
In light of the release of Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, the Pulitzer Prize winner is heading back on the road for a world tour with 65 dates spread out over six months, beginning in July.
KDot’s travels will take him and Baby Keem on a trek through the Southern states before shows along the East Coast in Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and up to Canada for dates in Toronto before gradually moving west to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Oakland. After a brief break, the tour picks back up for a European leg starting on October 7 in New Zealand.