2022 is shaping up to be a great year for music fans, and things just got even better with the release of Kendrick Lamar’s fifth studio album.
The rapper has been teasing the release of new music for more than a year, but finally announced Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers last month.
Lamar’s latest project includes a handful of notable features, including Summer Walker, Baby Keem… and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.
Rap fans have since praised Lamar for featuring Tolle on the album, noting that it’s a “big deal” for music to “embrace spirituality”.
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Who is Eckhart Tolle?
If you’re unfamiliar, Eckhart Tolle, 74, is a spiritual teacher and author, best known for self-help books The Power of Now and A New Earth, which have been translated into 52 languages.
Tolle, who was born in Germany, focuses on “changing the world from within”, teaching healing and the awakening of human consciousness.
According to the Eckhart Tolle Foundation, The New York Times described him as “the most popular spiritual author in the United States,” and in 2011, Watkins Review named him “the most spiritually influential person in the world.”
More recently, snippets of the author’s voice has made a cameo on several of Kendrick Lamar’s tracks from his fifth studio album, including Saviour – Interlude.
“If you derive your sense of identity from being a victim,” Tolle narrates before Baby Keem’s verse. “Let’s say, bad things went down to you when you were a child. And you develop a sense of self that is based on the bad things that happened to you.”
Lamar has previously used Eckhart Tolle’s voice as an intro on track Caged Bird.
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Kendrick Lamar fans say Eckhart Tolle’s feature is a ‘big deal’
Since the release of Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, fans of Kendrick Lamar have praised the rapper for featuring spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle.
“Eckhart Tolle x Kendrick Lamar is my favorite part of 2022 so far,” one person tweeted.
“Bless Kendrick Lamar for bringing Eckhart Tolle to the light of our generation,” another wrote.
“Eckhart Tolle on Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is so in tune with the entire album,” somebody else added.
Kendrick Lamar releases fifth studio album
Kendrick Lamar revealed the name and release date of Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers last month, and finally dropped the album, made up of two discs, at long last.
The fifth studio album includes features from Portishead’s Beth Gibbons, Summer Walker, Ghostface Killah, Thundercat, Baby Keem, Sampha, and more. The project also credits Pharrell, Duval Timothy, the Alchemist, and Beach Noise, among others, as producers.
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is available on all major music streaming platforms now.