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You get to appreciate each track for the work of art it is a lot more by listening to the album as 4 short pieces. When I think about "DNA", when I think of "Humble", when I think these records, it just felt like that.

After recording, it was initially agreed upon that it would be released on Mike Will's debut album Ransom 2, but others convinced Lamar to keep it for his own next album. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 95, based on 39 reviews.I have bought every vinyl variant besides the collectors editions and this is the only one (made in Poland) that plays beautifully. During the fourth quarter of the year, Kendrick Lamar is giving away one last treat before we wrap things up.

Every song is stylized in all capital letters, with a period at the end of their titles, including featured artist credits. Now with a massively successful US tour opening for sweet soul darlings Thee Sacred Souls behind him, 2023 is sure to be a propitious year for Daptone's newest signee. It’s his first extended release since last year’s demos collection Untitled Unmastered, and his first formal record since 2015’s To Pimp A Butterfly.

Sepetov described Damn 's cover as "loud and abrasive" and "not uber political like To Pimp a Butterfly but it has energy". strips down the rhythms to their essence, flavored with the occasional cameo (notably Rihanna and U2). In a radio interview on June 29, 2017, Lamar revealed the original title for the album was going to be What Happens on Earth Stays on Earth, but eventually settled on Damn. Lamar assembled numerous artists and producers to produce the album, 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 further production contributions from James Blake, Steve Lacy, BadBadNotGood, Greg Kurstin, The Alchemist, and 9th Wonder, among others. Andy Kellman of AllMusic stated that "it contains some of Lamar's best writing and performances, revealing his evolving complexity and versatility as a soul-baring lyricist and dynamic rapper".

After the first verse of "DNA" was recorded with the beat that Mike Will had already prepared, Lamar started rapping the second verse a cappella, requesting that Mike Will build the beat around the rap. Recorded at No Excuses - Santa Monica, CA, except tracks C1 and D3 recorded at Windmark Studios and track C3 recorded at Jungle City Studios. NAACP Image Awards: Jordan Peele, Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba Among Winners In Non-Televised Categories".

The album cover was designed by Vlad Sepetov, who created the album covers for Lamar's last two projects – To Pimp a Butterfly and Untitled Unmastered. Damn strikes a neat balance between spiritual content, personal reflection and socio-political comment. Released on April 14, 2017, through Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, critical accolades followed including a Pulitzer Prize for Music and the Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards. All image and audio content is used by permission of the copyright holders or their agents, and/or according to fair dealing as per the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. wrote that 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".

In its second week, the album remained at the top of the US charts with 238,000 album-equivalent units of which 87,000 were traditional album sales, bringing the sales to a total of 841,000 units. Dynamics, vocals, bass, everything is there without the awful pops and ticks from the American presses. Lamar proposed that it sound like "chaos", and Mike Will put together the second half of the song with the intention to make it "sound like he's battling the beat". Sepetov goes on to say the decision to put the Parental Advisory sticker in its unconventional position was so it could be a part of the design instead of an "afterthought". A second empty gatefold jacket autographed by Kendrick Lamar was shipped along with the sealed double LP.A routinely great artist, much of Sufjan's universal appeal comes from his skills as a gifted narrator, pairing personal musings on love and devotion with commentary on American culture, whilst welding folk and electronica, the ambient and existential. The album has been categorized as conscious hip hop, a genre Lamar incorporated on his previous studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly.

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