Kendrick Lamar has just released the artwork for his brand new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.

The rapper took to Instagram to share the adorable album cover, which is a photo of his family.

Scheduled for release on Friday, May 13th, the image features Kendrick, his fiancé and two young children.

To public knowledge, the rapper only has one child, who he welcomed in 2019, so the album artwork also appears to be a baby announcement.

Who is the 34-year-old’s girlfriend? Meet Whitney Alford…

Meet Whitney Alford

Kendrick’s long-term girlfriend is a makeup artist from Compton, Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old isn’t really in the public eye and only has 11,000 followers on Instagram where she doesn’t post much.

They have known each other since childhood and went to the same high school.

She attended California State University and graduated with a degree in accounting before becoming a makeup artist.

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Their relationship timeline

The happy couple met when they were teenagers and both attended the same school, Centennial High in Compton.

It’s unclear whether they actually dated at high school, but their first public appearance together was in 2014 at the 56th Grammy Awards.

By that point, they were believed to have already been dating for a few years.

Soon after that, the rapper proposed in 2015 and they have now been engaged for seven years, but haven’t made it down the aisle yet.

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After their engagement, Kendrick told Billboard: “I wouldn’t even call her my girl. That’s my best friend.”

“I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion – she’s somebody I can tell my fears to,” he continued.

They then welcomed their first child, a daughter, in July 2019 and have seemingly just welcomed a second in 2022.

However, fans didn’t even know that the rapper and his girlfriend were expecting their second child, so the album artwork has come as a shock.

She featured on one of his tracks

She’s not a singer by career, but Whitney certainly knows how to hold a tune.

The 36-year-old sang the backing vocals on one of the rapper’s biggest hits, King Kunta, which was released in 2015 on his To Pimp a Butterfly album.

Whitney was also in the music video where she showed off her diamond engagement ring.

Soon after the video was released, Kendrick then announced that he had proposed.

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