Kendrick Lamar is well known in the rapping scene, but much about his personal life remains a mystery as he keeps it out of the media. The rapper drops great music and then vanishes only to reappear with another gem, but where does he go? And who gets to see him when he's gone?
Kendrick Lamar never misses his musical mark, and his fans have a large amount of love and respect for him, even if they don't know much about his personal life.
On May 8, just a couple of days before he is scheduled to drop his new album, the talented rapper shared his new song, "The Heart Part 5," and its music video.
Whitney Alford and recording artist Kendrick Lamar, at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
It excited his fans, who have been waiting for an update since he took a five-year-long hiatus from making music. The song is the most recent update to Lamar's ongoing series titled "The Heart," which began in 2010.
The famous rapper announced the coming of his album "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers" last month in response to a tweet shared earlier by SK that declared that Lamar has officially retired from music. In his response, Kendrick Lamar dropped a link that led to a note which read:
“The following statement was released today by oklama, through his company pgLang at 11:00 a.m. PT in Los Angeles, CA: Album: “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” Release date: 5/13/2022. All factual information for this release will come directly from this source only.”
Kendrick Lamar performs during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 23, 2017, in Indio, California. | Source: Getty Images
The album will be his first complete body of work since 2017, when he released "DAMN," which bagged him a Pulitzer Prize and five Grammy Awards. He has since joined several other artists on other music projects, but until now, he had none out for himself.
Where was he in all that time, and what was he up to -- his fans may wonder. It turns out that the rapper has been busy building a family.
However, not many are aware because the rap titan knows how to keep a low profile even though he is one of the top-tier celebrities in the world today.
Kendrick Lamar performs at 2019 Tycoon Music Festival at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on June 8, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images
WHO IS WHITNEY ALFORD, KENDRICK LAMAR'S FIANCEE AND MOTHER OF HIS CHILD?
Kendrick Lamar takes his privacy very seriously for a rapper, and as such little is known about Whitney Alford, the lady who holds his heart.
The pair met when they were teenagers, and their relationship started with friendship before morphing into something more. But, they were so hush-hush about everything that the world never saw them together until 2014 at the 56th edition of the Grammy Awards.
Whitney Alford and Kendrick Lamar at the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
He proposed to her in 2015, making the announcement shortly after he released the video for "King Kunta," which Whitney contributed to with her vocals and an appearance in the music video that captured her with the engagement ring.
After High school, Whitney attended California State University, where she finished with a degree in Accounting.
However, years down the line, she decided to follow her dreams tied to the beauty industry. So, now she pursues a career as a Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Specialist.
Whitney Alford and Kendrick Lamar attend the 2016 Key To The City Ceremony With Kendrick Lamar on February 13, 2016, in Compton, California. | Source: Getty Images
In 2015, Kendrick Lamar referred to Whitney as his "best friend" who he can tell his "fears to" and who will "call him out" on his faults rather than grovel to remain in his good graces.
Like him, she is also a very private person, and even though she has an Instagram page, she has not uploaded any posts since 2018.
The two lovebirds have said nothing about a wedding; however, they took a big step forward when they welcomed their first child in 2019.
Recording artist Kendrick Lamar and Whitney Alford at the 2015 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
ALL WE KNOW ABOUT KENDRICK LAMAR'S DAUGHTER
Kendrick Lamar is a driven person in a chaotic world but ultimately, what he wants is what he gets. In a 2017 interview, the rapper revealed a desire to have a female child he would adore.
Perhaps no one thought much about it, but those privy to the details of that talk he had back then must have smiled fondly after news that the lyricist welcomed a daughter with Whitney went public.
Recording artist Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
The talented rapper and his gorgeous partner welcomed their daughter on July 26, 2019, but in true Kendrick Lamar fashion, her existence was kept lowkey, the same as the pregnancy.
Nobody knows her name or what she looks like, as they have yet to post a single shot of her on their social media platforms.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs during half time during 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Centennial Olympic Park on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images
ALL WE KNOW ABOUT KENDRICK LAMAR'S "MR. MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS" ALBUM
Kendrick Lamar's upcoming album will reportedly be his last with Top Dawg Entertainment, and he teased the release in August 2021, after which he once more went silent.
Fans were ecstatic after having been starved for years, but another update about the album did not come until April 18, 2022, when he tweeted the link to his Oklahoma website, complete with the letter addressed to his fans.
Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during Rihanna's 3rd Annual Diamond Ball Benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
There is not much besides the title and release date; little else is known. However, there is speculation that he might release it as a double album and that it will address Lamar's journey during his 17 years of making music.
In the future, should the talented rapper release another album, it will be under his own company, pgLang, which he founded with his business partner, Dave Free.