I can not call myself a Kendrick Lamar fan. I didn’t even listen to his debut album and after giving Untitled Unmastered a listen I was really confused what all the praise is about? The man knows how to write lyrics but those beats, the subject matter and his voice all bore me. Well, good news is that I like his latest album DAMN. a lot more but still wouldn’t call myself a fan.
Here’s my ranking of BEST track to worst:
8. HUMBLE – Fuck yeah. Easily the best song of the album. No wonder its the most streamed song. 2. DNA – Love this beat and just straight rapping from beginning to end. Don’t care for the switch in the final minute but its a great opening track. 4. ELEMENT – That voice going EYYYYyyyyy. Thumbs up. 3. YAH – The slow droning beat is amazing. Don’t love the flow of Kendrick’s rapping but its still a great song. 5. FEEL – Another slow beat which is relaxing and works well with the energetic flow. Starting to go downhill from here. 10. LOVE FT ZACAR – There is nothing wrong with this song. Pleasant beat but the definition of a song that is nice when you play the album from front to back but a song that I will never specifically put on. 14. DUCKWORTH – This is one of those beats that could’ve been amazing but they kinda fucked it up with too much going on. Not bad but not great. 13. GOD – I feel like I shouldn’t like this song but I kinda do. 11. XXX FT U2 – I like the first half of this song. The siren beat is cool but the second half really ruins it for me. U2, stay out of my hiphop. 6. LOYALTY FT RIHANNA – Shoulda been called SLEEPY, amIrite? 7. PRIDE – If LOYALTY didn’t put you to sleep, this definitely will. This is the boring Kendrick I remember from the last album. 9. LUST – ZZZZZZZZZZ 12. FEAR – This is seven minutes of snooze. Who listens to this? Not me. 1. BLOOD – Intros need to go away