5) The song “Loyalty” is Rihanna’s best track with a rapper
This is not to say that past Rihanna collaborations with rappers were trash, however they were repetitive. The past formula often included Rihanna would applying her special blend of unique struggle vocals on the hook over a rap record and then BOOM, it’s a 100 times a day radio play hit record. Loyalty showcases both artists smoothly and conversationally like two friends at a happy hour sharing stories and wings.
4) KDOT lightens up
Everyone knows someone who is never happy with ANYTHING no matter how good something is. That “special” someone who would literally find a flaw in Heaven by complaining that the air condition is on too high. “To Pimp A Butterfly” at the time of its release gained instant praise however the consistent complaint was that it was “too heavy” on the ears because it was a concept album based on social issues. DAMN has a lighter approach with easy to follow 1,2 step type beats with a few sing-along choruses. DAMN sonically has less serious tones without sounding cheesy or forced unlike TPAB which would had you wanting a revolution after seeing a co-worker wear a ALL LIVES MATTER t-shirt on MLK day.
DAMN in it’s entirety is a masterful album with plenty of tracks for someone to call their favorite however the standout song is “DNA.” Unless you are simply incapable of identifying good music, there is no way DNA does not make you scream “FIRE” after the first listen. KDOT is lyrically relentless as a Jehovah’s Witness knocking at your door on a Saturday morning .
To convince a Stuck In The 90s individual to “like” anything about today’s Hip Hop is as hard of a task as getting anyone from the Trump administration to accept facts. Modern music lovers usually have to deal with the heavy challenge of defending their favorite mumble rap song to a Stuck in the 90s friend who is still wearing jean shorts and Timbs while blasting Reasonable Doubt through their speakers as if it just dropped. DAMN is hosted by the legendary DJ KID Capri who brings the album a certain street mixtape quality that serves as an invitation for your Stuck in the 90s friend to take a break from their Def Comedy Jam VHS moment to discover that Hip Hop does have life after 1998.
There were times where even the greatest of MC’s lyrics suffered from success. Jay-Z’s “Sunshine” wasn’t just a horrible video with a multi- colored wardrobe but, lyrically, Hov’s bars suffered through the disaster hook sang by Babyface (because when you think of Hip Hop you think of Babyface) and soft jingle melody. Queensbridge golden era favorite son Nas would more than likely shoot off his own left pinky toe rather than perform commercially successful vomit stained track “Oochie Wallie.”
However, Kendrick Lamar, has yet to suffer from that problem. DAMN can be argued to be his best showcase of versatile lyricism on an album to date. KDot’s flow pattern is intense yet is delivered as fluently as water flowing in between cracked concrete.