Kendrick Lamar is making waves with his anticipated new album 'Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,' even briefly causing Spotify and Apple Music to crash. Lil Durk clearly heard the commotion and posted this honest message.
Durkio thinks K.Dot "just made it scary" for other rappers, including those as popular as himself. In fact, he wants to drop another project soon despite earning the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with '7220' in March.
Scroll to see Daquan's top 5 takeaways from Kendrick's "scary" album.
1. The Reason Why Kendrick Didn't Drop For 5 Years
For a solid chunk of the past five years, Kendrick fans have been starving for new music. On "Worldwide Steppers," he reveals part of the reason why it took him so long to follow up 2017's 'DAMN' with the below lyrics. Turns out that one of the best rappers ever isn't immune to writer's block.
"Writer's block for two years, nothin' moved me / Asked God to speak through me, that's what you hear now," he says on "Worldwide Steppers."
2. Is Kendrick Throwing Shade At Drake & Kanye?
While K.Dot doesn't usually mention news involving other rappers, he admits he was "slightly confused" after seeing Drake and Kanye squash their beef. (Not to mention their Free Larry Hoover concert was hosted in his home city of LA.) Still, their reunion gave him added self-awareness.
"When Kanye got back with Drake, I was slightly confused / Guess I'm not mature as I think, got some healin' to do," he raps on "Father Time."
3. Kodak Black's Surprisingly "Big" Role
With two decades in the rap game, Kendrick's desire to find new challenges and sources of inspiration is what pushes him to grow as an artist. "I gotta challenge myself," he told Big Boy in 2017. "It's always searching for that next thing that inspires me within writing."
Kodak Black seems to be one of those sources, as the Florida rapper makes several cameos across the album. There's also a theory that he represents the 'Big Steppers' in the title.
4. How Becoming A Dad Changed Kendrick
The last time fans heard from Kendrick in 2017, he was in his late 20s and had no kids. Now, at 34, he's engaged with two children, who are shown alongside his fiancée on the 'Mr. Morale' cover. Given this new perspective, K.Dot works through his own "daddy issues" on "Father Time."
"Daddy issues made me lеarn losses, I don't take those well / Momma said, 'That boy is exhausted,' he said, "Go f**k yourself."
There's also, "Playin' 'Baby Shark' with my daughter / Watchin' for sharks outside at the same time / Life as a protective father, I'd kill for her / My son Enoch is the part two." (The opening lines on "Worldwide Steppers.")
5. So Much Mystery Surrounding "Mr. Morale"
Kendrick once explained that 'DAMN.' was his #1 album in his catalog since it functions as a "hybrid" of all his earlier projects. "It was me finally being able to take elements from – the message behind 'To Pimp A Butterfly,' the sonics and the beats slappin' on 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' and the rawness of just being able to do what I want like I did on 'Section.80," he said.
With his fifth studio effort, K.Dot takes a fresh approach and welcomes a mysterious figure called "Mr. Morale," though it's unclear whether they are an alter-ego, a metaphor for God, or something else.