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DAMN. (album) by Kendrick Lamar 

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DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar (2017)
Release date: 2017-04-14
Overall rank: 3,504th   Overall chart history
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Kendrick Lamar bestography

DAMN. is ranked 5th best out of 8 albums by Kendrick Lamar on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Kendrick Lamar is Good Kid, M.A.A.D City which is ranked number 81 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 24,954.

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Members who like this album also like: To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar and A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead.


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From AMBNTnoises 4 days ago
This album got way overhyped/rated. Kendrick had a lot to tackle in order to even com even with his last album "To Pimp A Butterfly", and this did not cut it. In my opinion this was much less creative both musically and lyrically. Its not bad, but it doesn't deserve to be rated the #1 album of 2017.
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From treefingers 4 days ago
i think this album could be better if it was way shorter. really didn't like some of the songs like "love" for example. cheesy as hell. i made my own "ep" version as a playlist including these songs and only then does it stand up to my favorite kendrick - untitled unmastered (also a shorter album). Blood, YAH, Loyalty, Pride, Lust, Fear, Duckworth. Cut out the bologna and you're left with a group of songs that have a really tight aesthetic with great words and some of my favorite production ever. Favorite track - Fear. gives me goosebumps. i've always loved that kendrick is one of the few rappers that really isn't afraid to experiment with his voice to the brink of goofiness but still pull it off cool as a cucumber. "i'm high now, (i'm high!)" i actually just compulsively put it on while writing this. favorite song this year. the fake mark hoppus in the middle is weird though..but uncle carl's speech totally makes up for it. so good.
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From TorkilSkorgen 05/22/2017 11:26
As a huge Kendrick fan I was very disappointed by this album. "Feel" and "Duckworth" were the only tracks I really liked on here, but neither are among his best. "DNA" and "Humble" have lots of energy and aren't necessarily bad tracks, but they completely lack the power of similar tracks of his like "The Blacker the Berry" and "M.A.A.D City". The rest is just plain weak. The album really lacks in good hooks and the instrumentals are highly disappointing compared to the fantastic hip hop beats on GKMC and the creative jazz and funk instrumentation on TPAB. It also really lacks the cohesiveness of those albums.
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From jackbrown8786 05/21/2017 01:31
Actually, the "Life is Good" comparison was really unfair tbh. "It Was Written" is a more fair comparison.
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From jackbrown8786 05/21/2017 01:26
Doesn't seem to have much substance. It's on a level closer to Jay Z's or Nas's 2nd tier albums. It doesn't belong in the same conversation as classics like "Mecca and the Soul Brother" or "The Infamous," but I'm sure it'll pass those anyway.

It'll probably go down as "most over-rated rap album of all time" in a lot of ppl's books.

I don't think there's any new central messages here. Granted, a lot of classic rap albums don't really say much, but they're at least either fun as hell or very original. This isn't as fun as "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" or "Enter the 36 Chambers" and it's nowhere near as original as "The Chronic" or "Madvillainy."

The guest artists here don't add anything essential like they do to MBDTF - they're more like a badge of acceptance in the mainstream. "LOOK, I CAN GET U2 AND RIHANNA ON MY ALBUM!" It screams, "sell out." KL can sell an album w/o slapping brand names on it, it's kind of embarrassing. I'm not trying to insult THE U2, but 2017 "U2," really? I have an idea, why not get 80 year old Rolling Stones on the next album? It's like KL asked himself, "how can I broaden my audience? What do middle-aged white ppl like? OH YEAH, U2, I'M A GENIUS!"

This is really just an above average rap album and nothing else. It's not even an epilogue to the epic that is TPAB, it's MAYBE the liner notes, or snippets from an interview of the author. Even KL's most rabid fans have to agree with this: DAMN is more comparable with "Untitled Unmastered" than it is with GKMC or TPAB. UU is probably the best comparison so far even though this is the opposite in terms of production.

But "production" used to be a personal interaction between a DJ and a rapper, here it's just "business as usual." You don't get the strong relationship vibes between the DJ's beats and the rapper's sermons like you do in "Criminal Minded," "Paid in Full," "Strictly Business," "Oh, My God!" or "Road to the Riches." I know it's been the case for every mainstream rapper in the past decade and a half but production still seems non-organic and "cookie-cutter" these days in comparison.

I got the same "cliche, I've-already-heard-this-before-even-hearing-this" vibes from Nas's last album, "Life is Good."

KL overuses repetition to a pretty annoying point but I guess that goes hand in hand with "not much substance."

You wouldn't be missing much if you skipped this. It's okay though, very very few rappers have more than 1 top tier album and KL still has 2 of them.
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From sebfox 05/15/2017 10:02
My expectations were sky-high and although it didn't quite meet them I still think this is an excellent album and easily the best of the year. GOD, PRIDE, HUMBLE and LOVE are among my fav Kendrick songs. LOYALTY maybe a little weak after repeated listens.
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From VanGum 05/14/2017 19:05
This album definitely doesn't add up to Kendrick last few releases. I think the greatness of To Pimp A Butterfly and Good Kid Maad City, make it hard to follow up with an album which can equal those efforts. This, of course, makes it seem like this album maybe isn't as good to some as it actually is, but at the same time, this is mostly balanced out by people who will love everything Kendrick puts out (which I totally get somewhat being one of those people). I don't think this album is bad by any means; I'd actually consider it very good. The album has a lot of new things to offer. Such as a lot of dreamy, relaxed production paired with Kendrick's more upfront and honest lyrics. Kendrick is less cryptic, the album production is more straight forward, but even though this wasn't the direction he went with To Pimp A Butterfly, I still think he pulled it off. Even if it's not his best, it will still be one of my favorites of the year. Especially considering it's an easy listen with a lot of relaxed and head-bopping songs along with some serious party bangers. I also think this is a new side of Kendrick who seems to be taking a break from being groundbreaking and overwhelming with philosophical and political statements. I see him more so addressing his personal thoughts about life in a more straightforward way that lets any listener hear what he's really trying to say.

Many tracks, however, I find lose lyrical direction, which is what really distracts me from the more straight forward message. It seems like there's more that Kendrick wanted to say, but didn't maybe intentional to keep the album as more of an easy listen. I think he could have done more, without alienating listeners, mostly by simply exploring the subject matter in a more extended way. In my opinion, he could have had more of a balance between simplicity and exploration, leaning more towards simplicity on some tracks which fell short, such as Loyalty and God. Overall I'd consider the album to still be very good, with a lot of great highlights:

Including - DNA, Pride, XXX, and Fear - all of which are now favorites of mine. I'd say the best track to be Pride, while the worst to be Loyalty.

I'd give this album a 77/100.
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From lukeberrie 05/14/2017 18:06
May not be as great as its predicessors, but this will still probably go down as one of the best hip hop albums of the year. A pleasing listen and will no doubt get talked about for some years to come.

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From F1Aaron 05/04/2017 13:37
Enjoyed this album. It's obvious that this album has a lot to live up following TPAB. But as the hype dies down and we take the album as it is, it's a fairly decent one. And it's one I wouldn't mind coming back to from time to time. PRIDE would probably become one of my personal favorites from Kendrick's discography.
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From jkerlol 05/04/2017 01:43
Not his best but maybe his most interesting...

this is the album where I finally feel like we were hearing kendrick speaking for kendrick and no one else
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