Album Review: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN


Jack Steyer, Staff Writer

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. starts off with “BLOOD,” a slow, mostly vocal piece about Lamar watching a blind lady pace up and down the sidewalk; he decides to help her. She says something about him losing his life, which probably goes deeper than I can comprehend, but I’m just not smart enough to figure it out. Also there’s an audio clip from some news cast where the casters are critiquing one of his verses about police brutality in his song “Alright” from 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly.

Following, we have “DNA,” a much faster pace, upbeat track where he talks about anything and everything that makes up who he his, including emotions, personal experiences, qualities, and opinions. The next song’s mellow beat is one of my favorites since it follows the faster upbeat tune of “DNA.”

“YAH” talks about God and his thought-to-be real name, Yahweh, hence the name of the song. Lamar even addresses one of the reporters from the newscast mentioned earlier, to which he responded with an 18 minute video.

All of these songs are magnificent and the lyrics are good if you bother to listen to them, but even if you don’t and you’re just listening to it cause it’s a fine beat, then that’s cool too, that’s always what draws me into a song anyway.

Moving on to “FEEL,” Lamar expresses his feeling on how he believes “Ain’t nobody prayin’ for me.” He continues on about his loneliness, despite being one of the biggest and most widely acclaimed in the game. His family is faking their feelings and that there are none involved at all. Nothing but bad dope and zero hope.

On the following song, “LOYALTY” ft. Rihanna, both Lamar and Rihanna express the importance of loyalty in relationships. The lyrics hit home, the beat is solid, and the vocals are A-1.

Skipping ahead to “LOVE,” it’s a love song, and a good one. Lamar raps about contemplating an alternative his relationship could have taken had things not happened the way they did, and asks his girl, presumably his fiancee, to “love me.”

I love this album so much; I might go as far to say this is his best album. MIGHT. It’s absolutely up for debate whether DAMN. topples Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, but we’ll save that for another article.

In the end, I’d give this album an 8.5/10, maybe a 9/10.