Kendrick has done it once again. Today he drops his album a week late – DAMN. The album features U2, Rihanna and Zacari on this 14 track album. The lyrics cleverly address the rapper’s having apparently taken subtle shots at other rappers like Drake, J. Cole and Big Sean. Kendrick singles out Fox News and President Trump as his targets. But the album is most interesting when Lamar is grappling with the repercussions of success. Too many of Lamar’s rap peers have allowed their famous-people problems to consume their music, but Lamar never loses his grip on reality as he ponders his King Midas complex. While DAMN.is more radio-ready than its predecessor, Lamar doesn’t sacrifice the artistic quality that drew critics to Butterfly, sounding as musically imaginative and politically vital as he ever has.


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