Kendrick Lamar, Damn (Interscope)

Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album arrives under the weight of considerable expectation. His reputation as hip-hop’s freshest voice was cemented by his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly, a classic blend of experimentation and genre fusion. Damn’s success is that it doesn’t quite follow suit, yet remains a masterful and cohesive collection. The 29-year-old Compton rapper breathes new life into his oeuvre, telling compelling tales with a burgeoning world-weariness, weighing up the...

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