Kendrick Lamar Drops Album “DAMN” Kendrick Lamar Drops Album “DAMN”
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Kendrick Talks Love, Lust, Pride, Fear, Humility, and God.

Kendrick Lamar has just dropped his fourth studio album, “Damn” – and it couldn’t have been more aptly titled because when you begin to dissect the lyrics that is exactly what you’ll be saying.  The album does not hold back. Kendrik’s typical, political punches towards the media are present and correct but there also seems to be much rumination and reflection of the success and the demons that he now wrestles with.  This album is not something to listen to once and make judgement on rather it’s a presentation of emotion and character to chew on, sleep on, then chew again.  Damn opens with the track “BLOOD” where you can get sucked in to the narrative of a blind old  woman whom he attempts to give a helping hand to with the line “It seems to me that you have lost something?” unusually she gives him the response, “Oh, yes you have lost something.  You’ve lost your life.”  The entire album speaks about life and death, the mortality that Kendrick battles with in every track.  This is what hip-hop was suppose to be and this is what so many fans these days are missing – old schoolers literally thirst for this type of lyricism. The album continues, struggling through issues of love, lust, pride, God, fear, and humility that correspond with the track titles themselves.   We hear Kendrick in DNA write lyrics such as,

“I got power, poison, pain and joy inside my DNA
I got hustle though, ambition, flow, inside my DNA
I was born like this, since one like this
Immaculate conception
I transform like this
Perform like this
Was Yashua’s new weapon”

Kendrick laments over the countless fallen people – though in a biblical sense whilst identifying himself as one of the chosen people of God, as you can hear in the track “YAH” 

“I’m not a politician, I’m not ’bout a religion
I’mma Israelite, don’t call me Black no mo’
That word is only a color, it ain’t facts no mo’
My cousin called, my cousin called Duckworth
Said, “Know my worth”
And Deuteronomy say that we all been cursed”

There are many more biblical references that you will catch, peppering his vitriolic and dogmatic lyrical performances on what has turned out to be a bold and daring album.  This pack-leading release goes on to feature an (on the surface) incongruous cameo from 90’s rock leviathans U2. In the track “XXX” you can hear lines like, “Donald Trump’s in office, we lost Barack and promised to never doubt him again
But is America honest or do we bask in sin?” While U2’s lead singer, Bono delivers the line, “You close your eyes to look around.”

The Album “Damn” (released on Good Friday) begins and ends with the line “I was out taking a walk one day”, accompanied by the sound effects of what one can only assume is the sound of Lamar getting shot.  This can only give one the notion that there may be more to come on resurrection Sunday with Kendrick’s performance at Coachella.

Michael Erron Executive & Features Editor

Michael Erron is a studio and touring musician and for over a decade has been banging on drums all over the map. Originally from the Los Angeles area he now resides in Las Vegas working as a session musician. In his downtime Michael is also a Computer Engineer, working with Virtualization and Network Infrastructures.

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