“Count Me Out” by Kendrick Lamar

In reality, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” is two albums in one, thus the “and” in the title. And “Count Me Out” serves as the introductory track to “the Big Steppers” half of the project. So it can be taken as one that the vocalist uses to set the stage for what’s to come after.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Kendrick Lamar's Count Me Out at Lyrics.org.

And with that in mind this track is very self-reflective, perhaps more so than any other on the album. Like the other songs found on the project, this one also finds the vocalist harping on innumerable subjects really. But what it all seems to center on is how K-Dot himself handles personal depression and pressure. And in that regard, as expected, there is a religious slant. But Kendrick also states that at times he “couldn’t find God”, music held him down instead. Later on, he also seems to express a belief in himself more than in anything else.

And the reason such observations are important is because K-Dot is using the opportunity of this track to address his detractors and opps. Or as expressed in the chorus, he ‘loves when people count him out’, i.e. being convinced that he is on the verge of defeat, in part by their own doing.

So what Kendrick is doing is poetically delineating how he keeps his sh*t together under such moments of stress, when it feels as if the world is against him or when he’s experiencing self-guilt. And conclusively, it appears that he does so via a considerable degree of positivity thinking.

Kendrick Lamar's "Count Me Out" Lyrics

Credits for “Count Me Out”

The production team behind this song consists of Sounwave, J.LBS, DJ Dahi, Tim Maxey and Kendrick Lamar himself. And K-Dot, J.LBS and Dahi also acted as co-writers with Duval Timothy and Sam Dew.

Eckhart Tolle, the prominent German philosopher that Kendrick Lamar obviously has an affinity for, is credited as a narrator on “Count Me Out”.

Date of Release

This song and the album it’s featured on, “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers”, were released on 13 May 2022 by Universal Music Group, Interscope Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Top Dawg Entertainment.

Count Me Out

5 Responses

  1. Hajohn05 says:

    I’ve been thru a lot lately, this song spoke to me. Always believe in yourself. Great job KDot. You’re the only new rapper I bump. Being overlooked is a advantage. Utilize it.

  2. anon#1 says:

    This album is a therapy session

  3. sli says:

    This was my number one track on spotify for 2022. It’s also the reason I bought my first record and record player at the age of 39. Profound. I would like to thank him for the healing this song has brought my heart.
    Me. I’m more than okay. I am powerful and I overcome. I am a winner. I am love. Fucking it up!
    My Kenny <3 what a beautiful mind.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Mr. Lamar for your message of hope and change to a new world order. My cousin introduced me. Thank you for the spirituality in your words though I do not understand ‘rap’ language fully; Thank you.

  5. C41N says:

    We are all humans, we just tend to forget that.
    Kendrick speaks about topics, that are normally overseen or hidden because of pride, peer pressure or pain. Self-loathing, grief, depression, anxiety have no space in societies that preach only one’s net worth or skin color counts.
    We all suffer from these things, some more than others, but Kendrick has the balls to talk about it. This is what makes him the GOAT in my eyes.
    Greetings from Germany.

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