For the album by Jimmy Smith, see Damn! (Jimmy Smith album).
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Damn
Damn. Kendrick Lamar.jpg
Studio album by Kendrick Lamar
Released April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
Studio
Genre Hip hop
Length
  • 54:05 (Physical copy)
  • 54:54 (Digital version)
Label
Producer
Kendrick Lamar chronology
Untitled Unmastered
(2016)
Damn
(2017)
Singles from Damn
  1. "Humble"
    Released: March 30, 2017

Damn (stylized as DAMN.) is the fourth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar.[1] It was released on April 14, 2017, by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.[2] The album features production from a variety of record producers, including executive producer from the 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 and 9th Wonder, among others.

Damn debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 610,000 album-equivalent units accumulated in its first week of release, earning Kendrick Lamar his third consecutive number one album in the United States. The album's lead single, "Humble" was released on March 30, 2017. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the Canadian Hot 100 charts.[3][4]

Contents

ArtworkEdit

On April 11, 2017, Lamar revealed the cover artwork for Damn.[5][6] 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. Sepetov described Damn's cover as "loud and abrasive" and "not uber political like To Pimp a Butterfly but it has energy".[7] 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".[8] Upon its reveal, the album art for Damn inspired many memes.[9]

Release and promotionEdit

On March 23, 2017, Lamar released a promotional single, titled "The Heart Part 4", which contained lyrics hinting at a possible April 7 release date for his fourth studio album.[10] On April 7, 2017, the album was made available for pre-order and confirmed to be released on April 14.[11][12] On April 11, Lamar revealed the track listing for Damn.[5][6]

SinglesEdit

On March 30, 2017, Lamar released the album's lead single, titled "Humble" accompanying by a music video.[13][14]

Other songsEdit

On April 18, Lamar released the video for "DNA" on his YouTube channel.[15]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 9.0/10[16]
Metacritic 96/100[17]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [18]
The A.V. Club A[19]
Chicago Tribune     [20]
The Daily Telegraph      [21]
Entertainment Weekly A[22]
The Guardian      [23]
Mojo      [24]
Pitchfork 9.2/10[25]
Rolling Stone      [26]
Slant Magazine      [27]

Damn received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 of reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 96, based on 26 reviews.[17] The Guardian gave Damn a 5/5 star rating and wrote: "If it seems a more straightforward listen than To Pimp a Butterfly, there’s a cheering sense that this doesn’t equate to a lessening of musical ambition. There’s none of that album’s wilfully jarring quality – its sudden, anxious musical lurches and abrupt, short-circuiting leaps between genres – but the tracks on Damn still feel episodic and expansive. Whether Damn will have the same epochal impact as To Pimp a Butterfly remains to be seen, but either way it sounds like the work of a supremely confident artist at the top of his game."[23] Neil McCormick of The Telegraph rated Damn five out of five stars, stating that Damn "is the work of a future all-time great in full command of his powers."[21] Pitchfork gave songs "Fear" and "DNA" the title of "Best New Track".[28][29] In Pitchfork's review of Damn, Matthew Trammell writes Damn "is a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America."[25]

In a mixed review, Exclaim! 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."[30]

Commercial performanceEdit

In the United States, Damn debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 603,000 album-equivalent units in its first week of release. It sold 353,000 copies in its debut week and accumulated over 340 million streams, becoming the largest sales debut for an album in 2017 in the US so far.[31]

In the United Kingdom, Damn sold 30,000 units in its first week and debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart.[32]

Track listingEdit

Album credits adapted from official liner notes.[33]

Damn[2]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Blood"
  • Bēkon
  • Top Dawg
1:58
2. "DNA" Mike Will Made It 3:05
3. "Yah"
2:40
4. "Element"
3:28
5. "Feel"
Sounwave 3:34
6. "Loyalty" (featuring Rihanna)
3:47
7. "Pride"
  • Lacy
  • Top Dawg
  • Bēkon[a]
4:35
8. "Humble"
  • Duckworth
  • Williams II
Mike Will Made It 2:57
9. "Lust"
5:07
10. "Love" (featuring Zacari)
  • Duckworth
  • Teddy Walton
  • Spears
  • Greg Kurstin
  • Tiffith
  • Zacari Pacaldo
  • Walton
  • Sounwave
  • Kurstin
  • Top Dawg
3:33
11. "XXX" (featuring U2)
  • Mike Will Made It
  • DJ Dahi
  • Sounwave
  • Top Dawg
  • Bēkon[a]
4:14
12. "Fear"
7:40
13. "God"
  • Riera
  • Sounwave
  • DJ Dahi
  • Bēkon
  • Cardo
  • Top Dawg
  • Yung Exclusive[34][b]
4:08
14. "Duckworth"
4:08
Total length: 54:54

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an uncredited co-producer.
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer.
  • Every song is stylized in all capital letters, with a period at the end of their titles; matching the album's title. For example, "Humble" is stylized as "HUMBLE".
  • "Blood" features an excerpt from Eric Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle criticizing "Alright".
  • "Blood", "Yah", "Pride" and "God" feature additional vocals by Bēkon.
  • "DNA" features an excerpt from Geraldo Rivera.
  • "Element" and "Love" feature additional vocals by Kid Capri.
  • "Feel" features additional vocals by Chelsea Blythe.
  • "Loyalty" features additional vocals by DJ Dahi.
  • "Pride" features background vocals by Anna Wise and Steve Lacy, with additional vocals by Bēkon.
  • "Lust" features additional vocals by Kaytranada and Rat Boy.
  • "XXX" and "Duckworth" feature additional vocals by Bēkon and Kid Capri.
  • "Fear" features additional vocals by Charles Edward Sydney Isom Jr., Bēkon and Charles Duckworth.

Sample credits

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from the album liner notes.[33]

  • 2Teez – TDE management
  • 9th Wonder – mixing ("Duckworth")
  • Anna Wise – additional vocals ("Pride")
  • Archie Davis – marketing
  • Ashley Palmer – general manager, Aftermath Entertainment
  • Alan "The Alchemist" Maman - producer ("Fear")
  • Bekon – additional vocals ("Blood", "Yah", "Pride", "XXX", "Fear", "God", "Duckworth")
  • Blake Harden – recording ("Lust", "Duckworth") at Windmark Studios
  • Brendan Silas Perry – additional recording ("Element", "Love", "Duckworth")
  • Brock Korsan – TDE A&R
  • Carl Duckworth – additional vocals ("Fear")
  • Charles Edward Sydney Isom Jr. – additional vocals ("Fear")
  • Chelsea Blythe – additional vocals ("Feel")
  • Cyrus Teghipour – mix assistant
  • DJ Dahi – additional vocals ("Loyalty")
  • Dave Free – associate producer, TDE management, creative direction, photography
  • David Harrell – management assistant
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Derrick McCall – management assistant
  • Don Robinson – international marketing
  • Dr. Dre – executive producer
  • Edgar Moreno – management assistant
  • Gary Kelly – sales
  • James Hunt – mixing ("Element")
  • Jason Kawejsza – business affairs
  • Joshua P. Binder, Esq. – legal
  • Jurgen Grubner – international marketing
  • Kam Sangha – production
  • Kamasi Washington – strings ("Lust")
  • Kaytranada – additional vocals ("Lust")
  • Kendrick Lamar – vocals; additional keys ("XXX"); TDE A&R; creative direction
  • Kid Capri – additional vocals ("Element", "Love", "XXX", "Duckworth")
  • Kuk Harrell – vocal production for Rihanna
  • Marcos Tovar – vocal recording for Rihanna (at Windmark Studios)
  • Mark Bridges – video commissioner
  • Matt LaMotte – marketing
  • Matt Schaeffer – additional guitar ("DNA", "Feel", "Humble"); mixing ("Element")
  • Mike Bozzi – mastering at Bernie Grundman in Hollywood, CA
  • Mike Hector – additional drums ("God")
  • Moosa – TDE management
  • Punch – TDE management
  • Rat Boy – additional vocals ("Lust")
  • Ray Alba – publicity
  • Roberto Reyes – general manager, photography, TDE management
  • Sounwave – mixing ("Feel")
  • Steve Lacy – additional vocals ("Pride")
  • Thundercat – bass ("Feel")
  • Todd Douglas – business affairs
  • Todd Johnsen – business affairs
  • Tyler Page – mix assistant
  • Vladimir Sepetov – creative direction
  • Zeke Mishanec – additional recording ("Element", "Love", "Duckworth")

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[39] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[40] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[41] 19
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[42] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[43] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[44] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[45] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[46] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[47] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[48] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[49] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[50] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 2
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[52] 1
US Billboard 200[31] 1

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide April 14, 2017 [2]
April 21, 2017 CD [53]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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