Kendrick Lamar’s new album ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ arrives at midnight.

The 34-year-old rapper is set to release his fifth studio album on Friday

his first release in half a decade. It’s one of the most highly-anticipated musical events of the year.

The record is set to arrive just days after the Compton rapper set the internet ablaze with the release of “The Heart Part 5,”

announcing Lamar’s forthcoming album would be released on May 13.

A couple of weeks later, a new photo appeared on the oklama website showing two CD-Rs labelled “Masters,”

setting off speculation that the upcoming record would in fact be a double-album.

On Wednesday, Lamar shared the album’s cover art, photographed by Renell Medrano

Last Sunday, Lamar dropped “The Heart Part 5” – the fifth instalment in a series of singles the rapper typically shares ahead of each new album release

Lamar uses these tracks to signal the start of a new era in his career

to reflect on the world and culture around him — a sort of hip hop state of the union.

Though Lamar didn’t play any new music, the appearance sparked rumours and speculations about his imminent return.