'DAMN': Kendrick Lamar's album fires at politics, other rappers

17 April, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Van Morton
  • Producer KAYTRANADA to Lend Auto Tune Vocals On Kendrick Lamar’s New Album DAMN. Karlie Powell

Kendrick hooked LeBron up with an advanced copy of Damn.

He continued: "To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem". And he's made songs that seem geared to Top 40 radio before.

The news presenter wasn't bowled over with Lamar rapping from the top of a police vehicle and yelling, "We hate the po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho" and "My gun might blow".

Lamar sounds pissed on "ELEMENT".

But it was the lyrics that got fans the most amped and they found clever ways to address the rapper's having apparently taken subtle shots at other rappers like Drake, J. Cole and Big Sean in his lyrics. "'DAMN.,' the one where he dies, or 'NATION.,' the one where he lives?" There's also another tasty classic Lamar croon tune, "PRIDE.", the hypnotic "LUST.", and the album's formidable final track, "DUCKWORTH".

Like TPAB's "u", "FEEL." could be another stream-of-consciousness piece where Lamar confronts his anxieties.

So far I can tell you to look out for a scorching collab with Rhianna, "LOYALTY.", which is already one of my favourite Rhianna collaborations - and girl collaborates on a lot of seriously great tracks. Lamar asks over the song's woozy groove.

But this doesn't mean Lamar has abandoned soul. Should the suspected follow-up album be titled NATION, the theory also points out that an "O" would replace the "M" on K-Dot's head to represent a halo. The next clip shows Lamar rhyming over nefarious single-note strums and reversed drumming patterns.

This fan theory derives from two cryptic tweets from producer Sounwave soon after the album dropped. According to FACT magazine, some fans have seen a narrative pattern in Kendrick's fourth album, which was released on Good Friday, April 14, the same day that Jesus died on the cross.



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