Kendrick Lamar Returns with “The Heart pt.5”

Written by on May 8, 2022

Final week, Kendrick Lamar stunned followers when he resurfaced to announce he was releasing a brand new album known as Mr. Morale & the Huge Steppers.

My first thought? “Oh sh*t, we’re about to get ‘The Coronary heart pt.5!’” And positive sufficient, simply days earlier than the album arrives (5/13), the pleasure of Compton has come by way of with a fifth installment to the sequence he’s upheld his total profession the place he’s launched an unique piece of music forward of every album in his discography.

(For many who aren’t caught up to this point, you may press play on a mix of the primary 4 volumes that Meka put collectively again when DAMN was launched in 2017. Yeah… it’s been that lengthy.)

Flipping Marvin Gaye’s 1976 traditional “I Need You” (which is an entire flex in itself), “The Coronary heart pt.5” was launched with an identical visible – directed by Dave Free and Kendrick – that actually brings the music to a different stage with Kendrick Lamar rapping in entrance of a crimson backdrop as his face transforms by way of quite a lot of iconic and infamous folks inside black tradition. One minute he’s rapping by way of the guise of Will Smith and the following he’s Kobe Bryant. He’s Kanye West, he’s OJ Simpson, he’s “all of us.”

The actual treasured second arrives within the third verse, as Kendrick relays an prolonged rhyme by way of the viewpoint of the late Nipsey Hussle. “And Sam, I’ll be watchin’ over you/ Ensure that my children watch all my interviews/ Ensure you stay all of the goals we produce/ Maintain that genius in your mind on the transfer,” he raps (referring to Nipsey’s older brother, Sam Asghedom) dawning a deep pretend of the fallen Crenshaw legend.

Do your self a favor and watch the visible beneath.

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