Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Man, Kendrick Lamar has done it again. I’m struggling to find the words to describe his new album ‘DAMN.’ but words that immediately spring to mind are ‘exhilarating’ ‘powerful’ and ‘rollercoaster. Fuck it, it’s an exhilarating powerful rollercoaster!
Nonetheless the King, after trolling us into thinking his opus was out last week, has delivered probably the rap album of the year so far in ‘DAMN’. and in 54 minutes, we are taken on a journey of angst, anger, and pride carefully cultivated by the Compton rapper.
Kendrick is fearless in his approach, reaching levels of consciousness not seen in rap since…well….Kendrick. And it may sound like I’m fanboying out to the project (maybe I am) but an album like this deserves nothing but praise.
With features from the likes of Rihanna, U2 and newcomer Zacari, in addition to production by Mike WiLL Made It, Rahki, Sounwave, Steve Lacy and a host of others, ‘DAMN.’ is a star studded and instantly important moment in rap this year.
Peep the tracklist below, and listen to ‘DAMN.’ above.
BLOOD. (prod. Rahki)
DNA. (prod. Mike WiLL Made It)
YAH. (prod. Sounwave & DJ Dahi)
ELEMENT. (prod. Sounwave, James Blake & Ricci Riera)
FEEL. (prod. Sounwave)
LOYALTY. f. Rihanna (prod. DJ Dahi, Sounwave & Terrace Martin)
PRIDE. (prod. Steve Lacy & Anna Wise)
HUMBLE. (prod. Mike WiLL Made It)
LUST. (prod. DJ Dahi, Sounwave & BADBADNOTGOOD)
LOVE. f. Zacari P (prod. Teddy Walton, Sounwave & Greg Kurstin)
XXX. f. U2 (prod. Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Dahi & Sounwave)
FEAR. (prod. Alchemist)
GOD. (prod. Ricci Riera, Rahki, Sounwave, DJ Dahi & Cardo)
DUCKWORTH. (prod. 9th Wonder)
Via Lily Mercer.