8 New Albums You Need To Listen To Right Now: Kendrick Lamar, The Smile, Ethel Cain And More

With so much great music being released all the time, it can be hard to decide what to listen to first. Each week, Pitchfork provides an overview of major new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch features new albums from Kendrick Lamar, the Smile, Ethel Cain, Leikeli47, Kevin Morby, Say Sue Me, Quelle Chris and Phelimuncasi. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s Newsletter New Music Friday to get our recommendations delivered to your inbox every week. (All releases featured here have been independently selected by our editors. However, if you purchase through our affiliate links, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Kendrick Lamar mr. Morale & The Big Steppers [pgLang/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope]

mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer winner damn. After leading the Black Panther soundtrack, appearance on the Super Bowl LVI halftime show, and guest appearances on songs by Baby Keem, Busta Rhymes, Terrace Martin and more, the rapper revealed he was working on new material last summer. Lamar unveiled the album cover, an image created by Renell Medrano, two days before the record’s release. Launching his Oklama website, Lamar noted that: Mr Morale would be his last release with his longtime label collaborators Top Dawg Entertainment.

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