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The musician, 34, has often put his heart on the line in the name of his art, and his latest album to drop, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, is no different – and might be some of his most honest work yet.
Track eight of the nine-track project, Mother I Sober, appears to depict his struggles with what Kendrick describes as ‘lust addiction’, and even includes what seems to be a confession to cheating on his partner Whitney Alford, who is also the mother of his two children.
Furthermore, the rapper explains on the track how he has in fact been sober – staying away from drugs and alcohol since his first toke of weed caused him to ‘foam at the mouth’ – but appears to admit that sex was his personal addiction.
He raps over the top of a solemn piano track: “I was never high, I was never drunk, never out my mind/I need control, they handed me some smoke, but still I declined/I did it sober, sittin’ with myself, I went through all emotions/No dependents – except for one, let me bring you closer.”
He continues: “Intoxicated, there’s a lustful nature that I failed to mention/Insecurities that I project, sleepin’ with other women/Whitney’s hurt, the pure soul I know, I found her in the kitchen/Askin’ God, ‘Where did I lose myself? And can it be forgiven?'”
Later on in the track, Kendrick raps that his longtime lover Whitney – who also features on the album’s cover art alongside their two young children – encouraged him to seek help from a professional for his addiction.
“Broke me down, she looked me in my eyes, ‘Is there an addiction?’/I said ‘No,’ but this time I lied, I knew that I can’t fix it/Pure soul, even in her pain, know she cared for me/Gave me a number, said she recommended some therapy,” he raps.
LADbible has contacted a representative of Kendrick Lamar for comment.
Kendrick’s new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, was released today (13 May) and is available to stream on all major platforms.
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