After hinting at new music for more than a year Kendrick Lamar has dropped his fifth studio album, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers, but what does the reference to “1855 days” mean?
The new album, consisting of two discs, explores Lamar’s mission for peace and even includes narration by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle alongside a handful of other features.
iNews has crowned the rapper’s project “near perfect”, and fans seem to agree, but one line in particular has people talking.
In track one of the album, United In Grief, Kendrick raps: “I’ve been goin’ through somethin’ / One-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-five days.”
What happened 1,855 days ago and how does it relate to Mr Morale & The Big Steppers? Here’s what we know.
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Kendrick Lamar drops fifth studio album
Kendrick Lamar dropped the release date and title of his fifth studio album last month and, at long last, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers has finally hit streaming platforms,
Lamar’s latest album features major names such as Portishead’s Beth Gibbon, Baby Keem, Summer Walker, and English singer-songwriter Sampha. The project also credits Pharrell, Duval Timothy, the Alchemist, and Beach Noise, among others, as producers.
The album is split into two discs, each consisting of nine tracks. Disc one includes tracks such as United In Grief, Father Time, and Purple Hearts, while disc two features the likes of Crown, Mr Morale, and Mirror.
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What happened to Kendrick Lamar 1855 days ago?
In the very first track of the album, United In Grief, Kendrick Lamar raps: “I’ve been goin’ through somethin’ / One-thousand eight-hundred and fifty-five days / I’ve been goin’ through somethin’ / Be afraid.”
According to The Guardian, 1,855 days marks the release of his fourth studio album, DAMN, which includes tracks HUMBLE and DNA.
DAMN dropped in 2017 and went on to win the 2018 Grammy Award for best rap album alongside the Billboard Music Award for top rap album.
In United In Grief, Lamar also mentions he’s been “going through something” within those 1,855 days. iNews reports the rapper has been on a mission to find peace, evident through the first line on the album: “I hope you find some peace of mind in this lifetime.”
The same publication also points out Lamar explores social issues in his music, including family problems and race, and those themes are more prominent than ever in his latest project.
Fans can’t stop talking about Mr Morale & The Big Steppers
It has been five years since Kendrick Lamar last released an album, as he points out in United In Grief, and fans haven’t stopped talking about his latest release (and rightly so).
“Best album Kendrick Lamar has done so far,” one person tweeted.
“Thank you Kendrick Lamar,” another wrote.
Here are some more reactions on Twitter: