Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
May 5, 2022
85
DAMN grew on me so hard, that I nearly cried to God

I mean shit I hated that song for so long and thought it was the worst song Kendrick had made up to this point... but huh. It is so personal, and raw, and works wonders in this album. It sounds like everything about him is stripped back and he leaves this physical form to ascend and shout proudly. It is a beautiful moment

That's the thing about this project... in a nutshell many of these moments don't make sense. It is some of Kendrick's oddest singing and songs yet over trap instrumentals? What even is this? It shouldn't work as well as it does... but it does. It makes sense

I think Blood is a really stupid start to this project. The story makes no sense. Why does he ask a woman what she is missing, to have her respond saying "You are missing your life". That is actual nonsense. DNA is less a banger for me, and more a display of pride. The entire first section of this project is duality. The tracks are sectioned off to balance off each other in the same way the mind balances many of these concepts. It still goes deeper than that though

tbh i hate typing and I would rather just record a vid so I will just say that this project has really grown, and I see it as Kendrick's darkest album by far. I don't agree with every message, and it is far from perfect... but when this thing hits it fucking hits. The whole thing is cohesive, and WAY WAY WAY better than I remember.

Track Ratings
1BLOOD. / 35
2DNA. / 65
3YAH. / 60
4ELEMENT. / 80
5FEEL. / 90
6LOYALTY. / 75
7PRIDE. / 100
8HUMBLE. / 78
9LUST. / 97
10LOVE. / 98
11XXX. / 97
12FEAR. / 94
13GOD. / 89
14DUCKWORTH. / 100
23 Comments
3w
Damn why such a low score for BLOOD. tho?
3w
blood does not need to be that low
aoty and skits be like
3w
Based PRIDE enjoyer
3w
@unoriginal pride is amazing top 10 kendrick
kenny should do more psych rock
3w
@5ifthave i actually think skits are overrated by a lot of people. Like a bad skit INSTANTLY ruins album flow, make return listens way worse and just like a bad song, should be rated as such
3w
God DAMN is a great album
3w
Rip BLOOD.
agree on Humble being the worst track tho
3w
Hell yeah this album
3w
GOD is criminally overhated, less goooo!
3w
Still think this album is very overrated.
3w
Honestly I don’t really think this was like a massive downgrade from Kendrick’s usual. If you take TPAB out of the discog this is around his usual quality bar
3w
Review #1000!
3w
Dude really just analyzed BLOOD and concluded it makes no sense from a logical point of view…
im lost in words
3w
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3w
This album so often gets swept under the rug when in truth it serves as a backdrop to everything Kendrick stands for. It's majestic
3w
LOVE. is a nice intro son of a bitch
2w
What is up with the BLOOD. slander tf? The instrumentation on that intro is beautiful
2w
Damn I'm more shocked at the LOVE. high score
2w
I’ve actually always loved GOD. on this record probably in my top 3 on this. It feels like the embodiment of the album. Tired weight.
2w
BLOOD. is like one of my fav tracks 😔
2w
always loved blood such a floaty intro
2w
this album grew on me so much over the past month. I get what you think act blood as I usually just play DNA whenever listening to the album but yeah this is a 9/10 through and through
6d
I like how we ended up at the same score for entierely different reasons. Either way. Neo and Brad stay right
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