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On This Day: Kendrick Lamar Doubted Everything on “DAMN.”

The prophetic rapper released this iconic masterpiece on this day in 2017,

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On this day in 2017, Kendrick Lamar evolved from a rapper into a prophet.

"Is it wickedness? Is it weakness?" he asks his listeners on "BLOOD." "Are we gonna live or die?" Lamar responds to these questions by telling a beguiling story about being shot by a blind lady, whom the rapper was only trying to assist in finding an allegedly lost possession. The album's interlude, nearly two-minutes long, is a representation of the consequences of damnation as referenced in the Book of Deuteronomy. The blind woman represents the duality of "obeying God and being blessed, or disobeying him and being damned." Do we give into wickedness, or instead admit our weaknesses and submit ourselves to a higher power?

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