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ALBUM REVIEW: KENDRICK LAMAR’S DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar adds another classic to his name with new album

By Kahlil Dukes

Kendrick Lamar (aka KDot) has put together another classic album. The Compton, C.A. native shook up the music and social media world when he released Damn. at midnight of Good Friday, April 14. The 14-track album is full of Lamar’s usual creativity, lyrical intelligence, and production of Top Dawg Entertainment. The music world has been blessed with an outstanding piece of artwork from Lamar, as the album is pretty ‘DAMN.’ groundbreaking.

“BLOOD.” is the first track on the album, which begins with the vocals of artist and producer Bekon, who is heard throughout the LP. Kendrick tells a short story in this intro that ends with a very controversial gunshot. “DNA.” follows this gunshot with a very upbeat tempo produced Mike Will-Made It. Lamar claims to have royalty in his blood. He raps:

I got, I got, I got, I got
 / Loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA / Cocaine quarter piece, got war and peace inside my DNA / I got power, poison, pain and joy inside my DNA / I got hustle though, ambition, flow, inside my DNA.

‘Yah’, Kendrick is in his ‘element’ from beginning to end in this project, and three feature artists join him; Rihanna, Zacari and U2. Rihanna is featured on track “LOYALTY.”, Zacari sings on “LOVE.” and U2 is featured on the “XXX.” track.

Kendrick speaks of ‘pride,’ ‘lust,’ ‘love,’ ‘fear,’ and ‘god,’ throughout the album expressing personal emotions and concerns. He epitomizes the true definition of a lyrical genius in track “FEEL.,” where he strictly tells all the things he internally feels. Lamar raps:

I feel like a chip on my shoulders / I feel like I’m losin’ my focus / I feel like I’m losin’ my patience / I feel like my thoughts in the basement / Feel like, I feel like you’re miseducated

Listeners are in for a very profound and provocative ride from track one to track 14, where Kendrick ends the album with “DUCKWORTH.” which tells a story about “Top Dawg,” owner of Top Dawg entertainment, Kendrick’s dad, and KDot himself. For 55 minutes, listeners should expect to be taken on a journey that only the creativity and lyricism of Lamar can take an individual.
This album is just that ‘damn’ good.

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