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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: 4,435th   Overall chart history
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DAMN. is ranked 5th best out of 9 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 83 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 24,397.

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


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From Radioscope 30 hours ago
It's a really decent album, more personal and self-centered than his previous records although not as intricate as them. I believe it has sense the musical approach it has, it drives towards mainstream sound but gives it the edge this guy is able to, showing once again he is the greatest rapper of the moment if not the GOAT, although as he goes to mainstream beats it does lose some of his personality in the way. Not bad at all compared to what is out there right now, but eclipsed by TPAB and GKMC.
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From 22erik22 3 days ago
I honestly feel like this could be Kendrick's worst album (If you don't include Overly Dedicated). It really lacks all the thing I'm looking for in an album, Especially from Kendrick. DAMN. lacks a main story behind it that good kid, m.A.A.d city had or a linking theme that To Pimp A Butterfly Had. I was so exited for DAMN. And at first I really liked it (Maybe I was really into the hype) but after listen to it a number of times again, It lacks in musically and in personality. I think the lyrics are strong and makes you listen to the full album again. But I'm just wondering. Is this good music behind the lyrics? My answer is no.

The album starts of great with the opener BLOOD. and the absolute BANGER DNA., It's absolutely amaaaazing! Then we get to YAH., a really bad track that has bad hook from Kendrick. All I hear when re-listening to the song is YAH YAH.
Then we get to the worst track I've ever heard from Kendrick, ELEMENT., I can't describe how bad this chorus is. It just crawls inside of me with the false singing and the bad hook. FEEL. Is probably one of his best songs he's ever made, a great stripped down beat and Kendrick going ham with his great bars. LOYALTY. Is actually pretty good, I was actually surprised by the collaboration. PRIDE. Is also one of the high points on the album, great tune with great lyrics. HUMBLE. Is great, though I don't feel it fits on DAMN. It feels like he's message is that other rappers should stop bragging and actually be humble instead. LUST. Is quite boring, though it's not bad in any meaning. LOVE. Also has a bad hook and lacks a good chorus. I'd rather just skip this one, like with other songs on DAMN. XXX. dosen't say much to me either, quite boring but U2 actually makes this track a good one. Why? IT HAS A GOOD CHORUS (like most songs on DAMN. lacks). FEAR. is the greatest song on DAMN. in my opinion! Great track and is central to the understanding to the rest of this story. GOD. Is not bad, but not great in any means. The last track, DUCKWORTH. is amazing. It is great with telling the story of Kendrick's father, and conclude's DAMN.

"I think Damn is lacking in good choruses and instrumentals. They've all got very good lyrics, but I just find the choruses and instrumentals kind of uninteresting. One of my favourite things about To Pimp A Butterfly is the instrumentation with the fusioning of hip hop, jazz and funk. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City had more traditional hip hop instrumentation, and did that very well. The instrumentals on DAMN. seems to have a more modern, sort of poppy feel to them. And though the production is fantastic, it's just not that interesting." (Taken from private conversations with TorkilSkorgen about the album.)
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From luigybetis 4 days ago
Juneof44 Best troll comment of the year
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Juneof44 bro the albums been out for like 5 days now
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From codymacc8 04/18/2017 21:00
Though there are a few weak spots, this album is packed with both hard-hitting emotional tracks and radio-friendly tracks. It isn't as coherent as TPAB or GKMC, and it's not as good. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great, great album. Best of 2017 so far.

Highlights- PRIDE., XXX., and FEAR.
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From corenfro 04/17/2017 18:23
The "double album" controversy/rumor almost overshadowed this album itself. He releases an album seeped in Christian allegory where the central theme of the album is that Kendrick dies and some of the songs are him looking at life after he's passed on. He releases the album on Good Friday - the day that Jesus died - and in the album Kendrick himself dies. Finally the music video of the lead single "Humble" is Kendrick sitting at the last supper with his disciples. He also - on Easter the day Christ rose from the dead - headlined one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world, and didn't mention anything at all.

In fact, during his performance, Kendrick made subtle disses on the internet community expecting some sort of "double album" or response. He brought Future on the stage (who released a double album himself earlier this year) and made audience hold up "two fingers" and finally holding up a "L" - which is internet slang for loss - of which there were dozens of memes predicting the internet communities response if there were no "double album"

I'm not sure how much of this was coincidence / intentional, but I feel like Kendrick knows at some level what he was doing. We can debate whether or not DAMN. solidifies Kendrick as the GOAT rapper, but it certainly has certified him as the GOAT reddit troll, if this was indeed something he orchestrated at some level. I get that the Coachella show was likely planned weeks in advance, but at some level Kendrick had to know what he was doing.

Musically: In addition to my earlier comment more (20+) listens convinces me that the "successful life of pablo" description is pretty accurate. No TPAB but Kendrick is the GOAT, calling it now.
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From crimson 04/16/2017 23:34
Not as good as TPAB, but still fucking good. Very agressive and abrassive rapping, but with a mellow, soft, weird production. It creates a dreamy album. But it's just unfair to compare it to TPAB.
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