With only 14 tracks on his newest album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar embodies the saying “less is more."With tracks like “FEAR” and “FEEL,” Kendrick's purpose was clear: keep the beats minimal and let the words speak for themselves. The album opens up with a dialog resulting in Kendrick's death, which eventually introduces the second track, “DNA.” The song throws jabs at present-day racism and police brutality, and along with other tracks such as “XXX,” gives us Kendrick's breakdown of the corrupt American society we live in. Kendrick shows he has no filter throughout the album, throwing shade at society's definition of beauty in his hit single “HUMBLE” making “DAMN” his most unapologetic and raw project yet.
Here are some reviews and commentary from our staff and students from social media:
- Ashleigh Uzoaru
"If you're smart, you'll go listen to the whole got DAMN. album right now—King Kendrick never disappoints!"
- Tonya Burks
"From the new album, my faves are 'GOD' and 'LOVE.'"
- Tiffany Johnson
"My favorite lyric comes from Kendrick's 'XXX': 'Hail Mary, Jesus and Joseph/The great American flag is wrapped and dragged with explosives/Compulsive disorder, sons and daughters/Barricaded blocks and borders/Look what you taught us.'"
- Michelle Alvarez
- Vidhi Chowdhari