Kendrick Lamarr - Damn. (2xLP Vinyl)

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DAMN. is Kendrick Lamar's most successful album to date and cements him not only as the greatest rapper of modern times, but a cultural icon.
DAMN. strikes a neat balance between spiritual content, personal reflection and socio-political comment. Countless rappers claim to have transcended the game. Kendrick Lamar actually does.
There’s the sense his ambitions on DAMN. are even larger, reaching toward something more universal, fateful even spiritual in its reach to find the link tying all contradictions together.
Guests include U2, Rihanna, and Zacari whilst it has production work by James Blake and Steve Lacy from the Internet plus a sample by Essex hellraiser Rat Boy.

This album has definitely grown on me after more listens, but the pacing feels a bit off I think. There's a huge gap between the two big moments of intensity, DNA and XXX, and while the gap contains some of the best tracks on the album like Pride, the lacklustre tracks like Loyalty and general dreariness of the whole section makes it a little off-putting.

Kendrick manages to resolve things very well with Duckworth, which is my favourite track. Not only is the storytelling super captivating, but it also manages to round up the main themes of the album. However the album's main idea which is discussed at the end of Fear is not one I agree with, that being associating his struggles with a lack of connection to God, rather than a lack of improvement and action. This gets resolved in his next album, but in the confines of Damn things are pretty cold, and as a full package it doesn't quite compare to his other works. There are a lot of good tracks though, so it's a solid project.

By: Breakthrough

Side 1
2 DNA.
3 YAH.
Side 2
1 Lust.
2 Love. - Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna
3 XXX.
4 Fear.
Side 3
1 Lust
2 Love - Kendrick Lamar, Zacari
3 XXX - Kendrick Lamar, U2
Side 4
1 Fear
2 God
3 Duckworth

- Double 180 gram vinyl
- Gatefold jacket
- No download code

"Made in Poland" on sleeve and labels