Watch: Kendrick Lamar Transform Into of Kanye West, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, Others In New Music Video’The Heart Part 5′

by Raheem Karim
Kendrick Lamar The Heart Part 5

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar dropped his first new solo single in nearly four years

Kendrick Lamar has shared ‘The Heart Part 5’, the first single from his highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Mr. Morale And The Big Steppers.’ It’s the rapper’s first solo single since 2018’s ‘All The Stars’ from the Black Panther soundtrack. The new single, produced by Beach Noise samples Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You.”

An accompanying music video, co-directed by Dave Free and Lamar uses deepfake technology to transform himself into people such as Kanye West, Kid Cudi, OJ Simpson, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, Jussie Smollett, and Nipsey Hussle. The transformations appear to correlate with the lyrics: Discussing bipolar disorder when he’s West, and Simpson’s references a “bulletproof rover,”

The third verse is a tribute to his good friend late L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered in 2019.

“To my brother, to my kids I’m in heaven … 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 … To my neighborhood, let the good prevail … I can’t blame the hood the day that I was killed.”

South Parkcreators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are given “special thanks” in the video’s credits.

‘The Heart Part 5’ is the latest installment in “The Heart” series.

Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Mr.Morale & The Big Steppers —which is most likely adouble album — is dropping this Friday (May 13). Lamar released ablog post titled “nu thoughts,” where he revealed that his fifth album will be his final release on Top Dawg Entertainment.

Watch the video below.

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