Over Half Decade Wait For A Great Album

John Ryu, Staff Writer

I think change is really inevitable for artists Whether it is art or life for a person, it is bound to change in the end and they affect each other. Kendrick Lamar had previously thrown a direct message about the black human rights minority. After five years, the father-of-two Kendrick Lamar now begins his autobiographical story on the album.

When I first heard it, I didn’t know the lyrics and just listened to it. I thought it was definitely an album that is hard to be successful in the market these days. The second half of the album was too much for me, although “Mr. Morale” “Mother I Sober”  “Mirror” Outros ended up making me satisfied in the end, the beginning of Disc2 was really hard to go through. 

Kendrick Lamar is a really famous celebrity not to reveal his private life. The album starts with “I hope you find some peace of mind in this lifetime.” which feels like a line for youngsters. One of the great attractions of the album is the lyrics like that. Lyrics you can use as parents and grown adults are often seen during running time. For example in “Mother, I Sober.” :“Thank you, daddy, thank you mommy, thank you brother Mr.morale” and how he talked about regretting rebuking female fans in the track “Auntie Diaries,” showing that he is grown up. I felt anxious and excited at the same time about the tracks I mentioned earlier, after “confessing” about his sins he says ”But my past won’t keep me from my best” lyric which I think was great, proving that Kendrick Lamar is an artist who can manage to talk about sensitive topics in an appealing way. 

The album adopted electronic sounds. The electronic sound that goes with Kendrick Lamar’s confident rap made the story he was trying to tell more appealing. I don’t know if I hear the overall tap dance sound better because of the album name “Steppers.” Also, I felt that he put all the sound percussion in the right place, especially in “We Cry Together,” which featured by female rapper was really fun to listen to. It was definitely not a common rap sound. Overall, I listened to this album like a masterpiece album from the 10s. Unfortunately, Kendrick’s unique percussion narration has decreased in use. However, there is no reason to have his unique narration when it’s an autobiographical story album. 

Kendrick is always a change-seeking artist and I think he showed it off in this album. Of course, it’s not a chart-topper album. Still, I’m very grateful that the mainstream artist gives up the advantage of charting in, and making music as they want.