Kendrick Lamar’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers covers a lot of ground, densely packed with nuanced lyrical themes. 

It’s impossible to pick up on everything in the first 24 hours, and we’re sure new concepts will keep revealing themselves over time, but on first listen, a handful of important themes have emerged. Listening to Mr. Morale, it’s clear that Kendrick has been thinking a lot about issues like therapy, relationships, celebrity, cancel culture, and spirituality.

As we continue to internalize everything Kendrick is communicating on the 18-track double album, we broke down 10 of the major lyrical themes on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but it is an overview of some of the bigger concepts on the album.