Kendrick Lamar's DAMN took our breaths away with 14 much anticipated new songs. Lamar speak about on-going issues within humanity - specifically in America centred around politics - love, and his work as an artist. He rushes the urgency of his messages through his ongoing bold verses, filled with anger, joy, comedic twists, and lastly a huge reality check from the Compton raised rap God. The album includes a minimalist approach to features with U2 on 'XXX.', Zacari on 'Love.', and Rihanna on 'Loyalty.' although he accepts much assistance from producers Mike Will Made-It, Duckworth, BadBadNotGood, Kaytranada, among a handful of others. Check out our favourite lyrics from DAMN below.
“Streets is talkin’, fill in the blanks with coffins/Fill up the banks with dollars/Fill up the graves with fathers/Fill up the babies with bullshit/Internet blogs and pulpit, fill ’em with gossip/I feel like this gotta be the feelin’ what ‘Pac was”
“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”
“I read a case about Rihanna’s accountant and wondered/How did the bad girl feel when she looked at them numbers?"
"A perfect world is never perfect/ only filled with lies, promises are broken and more resentment come alive"
"I Got Power, Poison, Pain, & Joy Inside My DNA, I Got Hustle Though, Ambition, Flow, Inside My DNA"
"So give me a run for my money/Sippin' bubbly, feelin’ lovely, livin' lovely"
“I feel like I’m boxing demons, monsters, false prophets, schemers, sponsors, industry promises, niggas, bitches, honkies, crackers, Compton, church, religion, token Blacks in bondage, lawsuit visits, subpoenas served in concert, fuck your feelings I mean this foreign imposters!”
"It was always me versus the world until I found it's me versus me"
“Last LP I tried to uplift the black artists, but it’s a difference between black artist and wack artist”
"Ever since a young man /All I wanted to be was a gunman/Shootin’ up the charts, better run, man/Y'all gotta see that I won, man"