Biggest And Most Shocking Surprises on Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' - Daily American Buzz

Biggest And Most Shocking Surprises on Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

The U2 song doesn't suck.

As soon as the tracklist for DAMN. dropped, we could tell there would be two sides to this story. The back of Kendrick's cover was almost a mirror image of the front, and the album has only two listed features—Rihanna and U2—who occupy contrasting ends of the pop spectrum.

When U2's feature was announced there was immediately a lot of hate, but Mike Will erased all doubts with some masterful, double-sided production. The first half of "XXX" might be the album's toughest track, with Kendrick killing cowards at "Backseat Freestyle" levels of insanity, going in over tire screeches, alarm bells, and clipped, angry percussion.

As for Bono? His voice fits nicely, twice—first in a pitched down intro that quickly gives way to Kendrick's ferocity, then again in the plaintive second half. And even though they're coming from very different places, Bono and Kendrick are singing about a subject familiar to them both.

These are two artists who have worked to be a voice for the voiceless, and they attack the subject with renewed energy here: "This country is to be a sound of drum and bass," Bono warns. Kendrick counters: "The great American flag is wrapped and dragged with explosives."

Damn, Kendrick really made Bono cool in 2017.