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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: 10 out of 356
  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
    Kendrick Lamar has come back with his most lyrically intricate piece of work so far. The instrumentation of the album is very rich and coversKendrick Lamar has come back with his most lyrically intricate piece of work so far. The instrumentation of the album is very rich and covers experimentation, bangers, and lyricism better than anybody ever has, even Outkast. Expand
  3. Dec 21, 2018
    10
    It's one of the best rap albums I've heard, the critics fit perfectly into the songs and their compositions are incredible. The mixes of theIt's one of the best rap albums I've heard, the critics fit perfectly into the songs and their compositions are incredible. The mixes of the songs, are completely perfect and without details and would say that it is one of the best albums of this generation. Amazing! Expand
  4. Apr 14, 2017
    10
    Kendrick Lamar know how to be versatile. An artist who never stays in his comfort zone, so this album is proof of how Lamar knows reinventKendrick Lamar know how to be versatile. An artist who never stays in his comfort zone, so this album is proof of how Lamar knows reinvent himself, and does not lean on trends, he just wants to show his verses in the most brilliant way possible. I believe that Kendrick is the greatest Rapper of today, his albums have concept, quality and conveys a truth that only Kendrick can pass on to his listener. And so we must consecrate Lamar as a rapper rarity nowadays. With his lyrics he can lead the listener to diverse reflections, with well-made social critiques, Kendrick deconstructs many patterns that unfortunately perpetuate in our society. Expand
  5. Yis
    Apr 23, 2017
    9
    Not K-Dot's best album, I'd put it just beneath Section.80. I'm saying this because there are three songs off this record I cannot stand. INot K-Dot's best album, I'd put it just beneath Section.80. I'm saying this because there are three songs off this record I cannot stand. I feel like LOYALTY., LOVE. and GOD. are really bad, especially LOVE. with its corny songwriting and horrible hook and production. Other than that I feel like this album is really great, with some amazing bars from Kendrick, and some great production here and there. And I really have to give it to MIKE.will.MADE.it for D.N.A. and XXX. which have great production. I did not have any respect for him before, but he really surprised me with his productions on the two songs. Expand
  6. May 23, 2017
    9
    DAMN. is a great album. From bangers such as DNA. and HUMBLE. to more introspective and meaningful songs such as PRIDE. and YAH. the album isDAMN. is a great album. From bangers such as DNA. and HUMBLE. to more introspective and meaningful songs such as PRIDE. and YAH. the album is superbly executed. Even the commercial songs like LOYALTY. and LOVE. are good although they would probably the weaker songs in the album in my opinion.

    Best songs: PRIDE. / XXX. / ELEMENT.
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  7. May 1, 2017
    0
    I'm not sure what the hell happened to hip hop over the years, but this is over rated in the extreme. I'd say it's complete rubbish but II'm not sure what the hell happened to hip hop over the years, but this is over rated in the extreme. I'd say it's complete rubbish but I guess some of the beats are cool. 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 tuning and some of the crappiest lyrics I've heard in decades. I honestly feel like people rate this because they think they should. Expand

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