All hail king Kendrick Lamar as he made his triumphant return to music on sunday night with the song ‘The Heart Part 5,’ the fifth installment in his fan-favorite series.
The song will appear on K.Dot’s highly anticipated new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which will be released on May 13th. It will also be his last album with TDE. The rapper deepfakes celebrities such as Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Will Smith, OJ Simpson, Nipsey Hussle, and Kobe Bryant in the video for ‘The Heart Part 5’.
The relevant lyrics frequently corroborate with the person he’s deepfaking, such as discussing bipolar disorder when doing Ye and murder when referencing late Nipsey Hussle.
When Kendrick Lamar popped up on two tracks from Baby Keem’s The Melodic Blue (“range brothers” and “family ties”), it felt like one of hip-hop’s prophets had descended a mountain to deliver scripture.
His verses were stellar, to be sure, but it also just felt like way too much time had passed since we’d heard his voice. He’d helmed 2018’s Black Panther compilation/soundtrack, but his last proper release was 2017’s DAMN.
That kind of scarcity in hip-hop can only serve to deify an artist as beloved as Lamar. But if the Compton MC is broadcasting anything across his fifth proper album Mr Morale & The Big Steppers, it’s that he’s only human.