Twitter lit up on Sunday night (May 8) when Kendrick Lamar finally dropped new music from his forthcoming album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Titled “The Heart Pt. 5,” the song is a continuation of “The Heart Series,” which began in 2010 with “The Heart Pt. 1.”
The track came with a visual produced by Kendrick and Dave Free of pgLang in which K. Dot morphs into six different (and sometimes controversial) pop culture figures, including OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Will Smith, Jussie Smollett, Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant.
Created by Deep Voodoo, a studio run by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the nearly six-minute affair finds Kendrick rapping that coincides with each person.
As Kendrick morphs into Nipsey, he raps, “And to the killer that sped up my demise/I forgive you, just know your soul’s in question/I seen the pain in your pupil when that trigger had squeezed/And though you did me gruesome, I was surely relieved/I completed my mission, wasn’t ready to leave/But fulfilled my days, my Creator was pleased/I can’t stress how I love y’all/I don’t need to be in flesh just to hug y’all.”
Reactions to the song and video have been overwhelmingly positive, and several of Kendrick’s rap peers have weighed in — from Lupe Fiasco and Hit-Boy to Denzel Curry and G Perico. Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is expected to arrive on Friday (May 13). Until then, check out some of the reactions below.
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RIP NIP ??https://t.co/SyICwBN5QZ
— TAPE TAPE & HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) May 9, 2022
i can’t stop playing this nip part back @kendricklamar heavy
— Hit-Boy (@Hit_Boy) May 9, 2022
I just finished this new Kendrick Video
— Denzel Curry (@denzelcurry) May 9, 2022
Kendrick Lamar is the goat
— G Perico (@BGPerico) May 9, 2022
Ain’t nobody harder then @kendricklamar he gave yall five years yall still couldn’t come with it now it’s game time the bar has been raised once again
— P WORTHY (@jayworthy142) May 9, 2022
He is a genius a pure genius
— Young Guru (@Young_Guru) May 9, 2022
Wow. This new Kendrick is impeccable.
— charlton (@thekidlaroi) May 9, 2022
we really get to witness kendrick in real time
— jazz cartier (@JazzCartier) May 9, 2022
— RUSS (@russdiemon) May 9, 2022
New Kendrick video is absolutely insane
— SCHEME (@DJSCHEME_) May 9, 2022
Gotta love hiphop culture man it covers all sides of our people. We need Lil Baby to keep us hustling and we need Kendrick to keep us tapped into our blackness.
We need Future to keep us feeling like the shit and we need Cole to keep us introspective.
— CHASE. (@ChaseNCashe) May 9, 2022
Kendrick’s video is the most affecting since “This Is America.”
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) May 9, 2022