Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

9/10

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.


Like Khaled would say; "Another One"

Following the loud and abrasive album cover, Kendrick strays from his jazz-infused TPAB to an album combining both sounds from TPAB and GKMC. The album has 3 credited features with Lamar recruiting Rihanna, Zacari and U2.

The project starts with a political stand towards police brutality and racism quickly turning to Lamar rapping about his DNA. on a Mike Will Made It bass heavy track. YAH. is more of a laid back track sounding like an Isaiah Rashad vibe. The album continues with ELEMENT. in a song where Lamar plays with his flow in an ever-changing instrumental and then gets sentimental in FEEL. bringing us back to the Section.80 days. LOYALTY. has Rihanna and Kendrick trade verses about ride & die romance throughout the song surely making this one of the stand out tracks. In PRIDE., Kendrick reaches the pinnacle to his religious tone on the album rapping like he's giving us a sermon over a somber looped beat creating contrast to hard-hitting single HUMBLE.. LUST. slows it down again over a chopped n screwed instrumental making LOVE. sound all kinds of smooth with Zacari. The much anticipated U2 feature serves us with an experimental instrumental with alarms and screeches switching mid way from a Hip-Hop type beat to an instrumental U2 would hone. FEAR. returns to a more jazz/soul feel that makes you hope for a vinyl release. GOD. is nothing more than godly with a fitting chorus aahaaa! DUCKWORTH. concludes the LP with soulful sample that should end any argument on who's on top. With each song sounding like 3 instrumentals put into one song, Lamar doesn't let his listener get comfortable. Nothing left to say than stop what you're doing and listen to this album in full.

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