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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the Compton rapper features guest appearances from Rihanna, U2, and Zacari.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. May 25, 2017
    100
    DAMN. sees the rapper make a 180 degree turn from the sprawling jazz/funk/hip-hop odyssey of TPAB to deliver 14 taut, tough and wise cutting-edge examples of what’s possible in hip-hop today. ... Essential stuff.
  2. Apr 17, 2017
    100
    Countless rappers claim to have transcended the game. Kendrick Lamar actually does. There’s the sense his ambitions on DAMN. are even larger, reaching toward something more universal, fateful even spiritual in its reach to find the link tying all contradictions together.
  3. Apr 21, 2017
    100
    It's so lean and spare sonically that it feels like a dash of cold water to the face after the cacophonous, dense To Pimp A Butterfly; it's so light on its feet that it makes Good Kid, M.A.A.D City feel ponderous in comparison. It does this while also staking its claim to being Kendrick's most philosophically profound album to date.
  4. Apr 17, 2017
    90
    Clocking in at under an hour, the new album maintains its predecessor's varied sonic palette with a mishmash of stark trap flourishes and woozy, impressionistic melodies but also distills these sounds to an ear-wormy directness primed for your car speakers.
  5. Apr 25, 2017
    90
    It’s not what you might have expected or even--on one or two initial listens--have been hoping for from Kendrick Lamar. But this is an artist in his absolute prime: artistically, lyrically and musically.
  6. Apr 18, 2017
    90
    Much like the recent A Tribe Called Quest record, Damn. is a brilliant combination of the timeless and the modern, the old school and the next-level. The most gifted rapper of a generation stomps into the Nineties and continues to blaze a trail forward.
  7. Apr 18, 2017
    60
    DAMN. is the first time in Lamar's career that he hasn't broken new ground, explored old themes in new ways or exhibited sonic growth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 352
  1. Apr 14, 2017
    10
    This album was Kendrick changing his sound and offering something different than his previous albums. A great listen from start to end, stillThis album was Kendrick changing his sound and offering something different than his previous albums. A great listen from start to end, still need to listen a couple more times to unpack the lyrics Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2017
    10
    This album is DOPE. Kendrick managed to be deep af and send get across some very complex subjects while still having each song be a banger.This album is DOPE. Kendrick managed to be deep af and send get across some very complex subjects while still having each song be a banger. K-dot is at the top of his game right now! 11/10 Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    Sounds more homogenic than To Pimp a Butterfly. A bit less epic, but it isn't a demerit, because the beats are still tastefull, lyricsSounds more homogenic than To Pimp a Butterfly. A bit less epic, but it isn't a demerit, because the beats are still tastefull, lyrics increasingly sincere and confessional, but still squandering lyricism on perfect flows and beats, that, by the way, sound very modern and tasteful, with pitchs of trap. Such a perfect discography has Kendrick Lamar. Expand
  4. Apr 14, 2017
    10
    i loved the experimentation on TPAB , but its nice to see him go back to the more traditional rap sound. The album has something for thei loved the experimentation on TPAB , but its nice to see him go back to the more traditional rap sound. The album has something for the hardcore hiphop fans and something for the casual rap fan. .. also i'm glad there are more radio friendly tracks this go around. I can totally see LOVE. or LOYALTY doing well on radio. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2017
    9
    DAMN. is a departure from Lamar's previous jazzy, socially-aware masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly, providing us with a much easier listen.DAMN. is a departure from Lamar's previous jazzy, socially-aware masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly, providing us with a much easier listen. There is still plenty here to unpack, specifically the mind blowing story told in the album's final track, DUCKWORTH. Kendrick proves again that he is on an entirely different level as far as storytelling, lyricism, and flow while also continuing to have an excellent ear for beats. DAMN. is very diverse in sonic tone, as each track differs from trap beats to jazzier sounds to some very left-field sounding beats that Kendrick still makes work. His usual group of producers were stellar on this project. It is a much less cohesive effort than his his previous projects as far as sound goes, but as usual there is a general theme for the whole record. Highlights: DNA (Kendrick is on full spaz mode here over a heavy trap beat), ELEMENT, LOYALTY (with a great Rihanna feature), PRIDE, HUMBLE, LOVE (although this song is not Kendrick at his artistic peak, it is still a very enjoyable track), XXX (surprisingly, the U2 collaboration works very nicely and Mike Will Made-It delivers another ferocious beat, as he did in DNA and HUMBLE), FEAR, GOD, and DUCKWORTH (the story in this track is incredible). Another excellent Lamar album as he continues to prove he is head and shoulders above anyone else in the game right now. 9.4/10. Expand
  6. Apr 18, 2017
    8
    Very well done album. Kendrick' lyricism is good per usual, the difference being that the beats on this project add a bit more energy and areVery well done album. Kendrick' lyricism is good per usual, the difference being that the beats on this project add a bit more energy and are more interesting than TPAB or Untitled. There's a couple forgettable tracks, but overall a very solid album. Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2017
    0
    I cannot stomach the sound of this guy though, what is in the water of the critics? :/ Stop start, all over the shop riddled with auto tuningI cannot stomach the sound of this guy though, what is in the water of the critics? :/ Stop start, all over the shop riddled with auto tuning and some of the crappiest lyrics I've heard in decades. I honestly feel like Expand

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