A Comprehensive Guide to How Kendrick Lamar Made Damn

By Dee Lockett | Slate.com
April 25, 2017

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

damn kendrick lamarAt first glance, Damn, the fourth and latest opus from Kendrick Lamar, doesn’t seem as much of a group effort as his previous works. Compared to his last album, 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly, it has a fraction of the featured guest artists and a shorter run time. But a look at the 14 one-word-titled songs that comprise Damn (officially styled, along with the song titles, in all caps and with an emphatic period at the end) doesn’t tell the whole story. Beneath the surface, there’s a cavalcade of trusted collaborators (his TDE camp, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington), well-known names (9th Wonder, U2, James Blake, Greg Kurstin, Don Cheadle), and a sprinkling of fresh faces (Zacari, Bekon, Kaytranada, the Internet’s Steve Lacy). Let’s walk through the village it took to make Damn.

Read more here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/04/25/the_complete_guide_to_the_making_of_kendrick_lamar_s_damn.html

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