Kendrick Lamar fans are hype for 'Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers': Here's what to expect

Many Kendrick Lamar enthusiasts will be waiting for the clock to strike midnight to get a first listen at his highly anticipated "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers" album.

The Compton-born rapper's fifth studio album (out Friday) has been mostly under wraps, with cover art released a little more than 

24 hours ahead of the release (which hints that he might be a father of two now) and no advance streams offered to journalists. 

But a few details have emerged: It will be his last album with his label Top Dawg Entertainment, it will come with new, 

mysterious alter ego Oklama, and the album's first single, "The Heart Part 5," falls in line with the timely and poignant messaging of his old hits as he takes on the identities of Will Smith, O.J. Simpson and more.

"I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint," Lamar posted on his website in August, referencing Top Dawg and using the Oklama pseudonym. 

"May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling."

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