Damn. By Kendrick Lamar (2017)
The most well rounded in his music, the artistic innovator re-invents what it means to make a hip-hop album. Each song, not just a beat, but carefully crafted poems that guide us through the retrospect of a disappointed citizen in this country. Kendrick Lamar challenges everybody: the audience, other rappers, and even political figures. He doesn’t hold back in what seems like a courtroom drama back and forth, Kendrick vs Right America, which ultimately ends in his damnation. I know everyone has listened to the album forward, but it tells a completely different story backwards.
For this one, I’m going to post the last song and let you decide which way to listen.