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Stream the New Kendrick Lamar and Make up Your Own Mind

'Damn,' the most anticipated music release of the year, is now streaming.

Ernest Hardyby Ernest Hardy

Love him or hate him (and there has been substantive, meaningful critique of his gender politics by Black women critics and scholars,) Kendrick Lamar is arguably the most important hip-hop artist in the game right now – posted up at that enviable spot where critical acclaim and massive commercial impact intersect. Damn, his follow up To Pimp a Butterfly, one of the most surefooted artistic statements-cum-coronations in hip-hop history, is already setting social media on fire. With guest appearances by Rihanna and U2, a gleaming track record as artistic foreplay, and the explosive reception of the single and video “Humble,” expectations are high. Click play and see if he lives up to them.

Top photo courtesy Interscope Records.