DAMN. Kendrick Lamar, Geraldo Rivera and The Human Condition

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Another classic has been dropped by K Dot. DAMN.


The follow-up to 2015's GRAMMY Award winning To Pimp a Butterfly dropped on Good Friday. Receiving great reviews from critics and fans alike. The first couple tracks call out a Fox News segment helmed by Geraldo Rivera. The haunting, spoken word intro to the album, "BLOOD.," a sample of the Fox News segment is place at the end of the track where criticism is thrown at Kendrick’s lyrics on “Alright” from TPAB. The next track, "BLOOD.," also samples the segment during the countdown about 2 thirds of the way through the track before the breakdown where Rivera says, “This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years,” again, talking about the police brutality lyrics in “Alright." The Third track, “YAH.,” Kendrick makes a jab at Fox News and Rivera with the lyric, “Fox News wanna use my name for percentage... Somebody tell Geraldo this nigga got ambition.” Which Rivera has since criticized Kendrick's new album and had dismissed it, saying he prefers Drake.

With the master hip hop and rap critic Geraldo Rivera aside, Kendrick touches on political issues regarding gun violence with the track "XXX." featuring U2. Social references in "HUMBLE." or what we all "FEAR." touching on the paranoia of every day life. And references to different forms of spirituality peppered in and out with religious references throughout, the effort is a great balancing act that doesn't leave a bitter taste in your mouth.


My top tracks are "DUCKWORTH.," "DNA.," and possibly "XXX." With the confirmation that the story behind "DUCKWORTH." being true makes it that much better. And with the paradoxical gunshot at the end of the album, we're brought back to the beginning. Binding everything together. There's some pretty crazy and interesting fan theories regarding the album in correlation with Easter weekend that you should check out as well.


With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar blends the old school with the new. Containing political and social commentary with religious overtones throughout, while delivering thoughts on the human condition. Giving us a fresh, yet classic Kendrick, contemplating where we are and where we go from here. Are we doomed to be damned whether we are good or bad? Or is there meaning to all of this?

The album is available at all retailers and can be streamed everywhere, including Spotify below.

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