Editors’ Notes In the two years since To Pimp a Butterfly, we’ve hung on Kendrick Lamar's every word—whether he’s destroying rivals on a cameo, performing the #blacklivesmatter anthem on top of a police car at the BET Awards, or hanging out with Obama. So when DAMN. opens with a seemingly innocuous line—"So I was taking a walk the other day…”—we're all ears. The gunshot that abruptly ends the track is a signal: DAMN. is a grab-you-by-the-throat declaration that’s as blunt, complex, and unflinching as the name suggests. If Butterfly was jazz-inflected, soul-funk vibrance, DAMN. is visceral, spare, and straight to the point, whether he’s boasting about "royalty inside my DNA” on the trunk-rattling "DNA." or lamenting an anonymous, violent death on the soul-infused “FEAR.” No topic is too big to tackle, and the songs are as bold as their all-caps names: “PRIDE.” “LOYALTY.” “LOVE.” "LUST.” “GOD.” When he repeats the opening line to close the album, that simple walk has become a profound journey—further proof that no one commands the conversation like Kendrick Lamar.

SONG
BLOOD.
1
1:58
 
DNA.
2
3:05
 
YAH.
3
2:40
 
ELEMENT.
4
3:28
 
FEEL.
5
3:34
 
LOYALTY. (FEAT. RIHANNA.)
6
3:47
 
PRIDE.
7
4:35
 
HUMBLE.
8
2:57
 
LUST.
9
5:07
 
LOVE. (FEAT. ZACARI.)
10
3:33
 
XXX. (FEAT. U2.)
11
4:14
 
FEAR.
12
7:40
 
GOD.
13
4:08
 
DUCKWORTH.
14
4:08
 

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