"Damn" is the fourth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on April 14, 2017, by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album's lead single, "Humble", released March 30, 2017, debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Canadian Hot 100.. The album features production from a variety of record producers, including executive producer and Top Dawg Entertainment label-head Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, Sounwave, DJ Dahi, Mike Will Made It and Ricci Riera, as well as production contributions from James Blake, Steve Lacy, BadBadNotGood, Greg Kurstin, The Alchemist, 9th Wonder, and others.
On first listen through there are some major high points (mostly early on) and some really interesting ideas here. The album has clearly been obsessed over, with every track containing the kind of flourishes that are only thought of long after most artists would have considered the song 'done' and moved on, and all credit to Kendrick for putting in work.
It does initially feel like a slightly uneven/incoherent album though, and 'LOVE.' and 'GOD.' have a top 40 flavour I feel is a little beneath an inventor like Kendrick. It's definitely a great album and will sit in the discography ranking above Overly Dedicated and Section.80, but the jury's still out on whether it can top the cohesive, highly original masterpieces that were Good Kid, M.A.A.D City and To Pimp a Butterfly. --- independent.co.uk