Kendrick Lamar gives his first interview after the release of DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar refuses to bite his tongue for anyone in hip-hop. In his first interview since the debut of his (soon-to-be) chart-topping cultural phenomenon-of-an-album, DAMN.
Later in the conversation, Lamar broke down the tale behind the DAMN. deep cut “DUCKWORTH.”, which details a meeting between his father and TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Of all the individuals as take downs that happen on the record, Fox may have it worst, as Lamar blasts the absurdity of their comments, adding as an extra cherry a clip of them talking of how hip hop may be doing more damage to African American youth than racism. That’s always been a vessel. Even with all of that, I can not say that this is his best. You need to hear it. “I can’t sugarcoat the reality of my imperfections”.
But in a surprise announcement Thursday morning, Lamar told his closest fans that he was coming home. “You see real different nationalities and cultures are coming together and actually standing up for themselves, and I think that’s a pure reflection of this record prior”. “There’s a new life, its a new life”. That means Kendrick likely began writing DAMN.at the tail end of 2016, during the election, and started finalizing its tracklist by early January 2017.
Recognize when you hear what the artist is saying, and when you hear what you want the artist to say. “That’s the whole thing”. The songs in “DAMN.” are divided roughly into two themes, with the song “XXX.” acting as a transition between the two themes. This feat provides some introspection into Lamar’s place in the rap world at the moment, while also showing how he somehow was able to make a splash despite having already dropped another single and an album less than a year ago, Untitled Unmastered. According to Lamar, this was done on goal as he isn’t focusing on Trump anymore, he says. On the heels of To Pimp A Butterfly, this young millennium’s best album, Kendrick decided the best course of action was to head in a more manageable direction.
One week after its release, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. album has had a huge cultural impact is on course to become the fastest-selling album of the year. Of the one-word track titles, Lamar explained that “the music came before” he named any of the songs. “Gotta prep yourself for the next decade of what you’re going to do that’s going to result in changing an idea or the thoughts that we have consumed for so many years”.