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Kendrick Lamar pays homage to famous professional wrestler Ron Simmons for his one-word contribution to the sport.
If there's anything on the rap forecast that fellow hip-hop heads and I are desperately waiting for, it's the release of Kendrick Lamar's follow-up to To Pimp A Butterfly, his last full studio album from 2015. Last Monday, we got another piece of the puzzle of what to expect, with K. Dot posting on all of his social media the tracklist, album cover, and importantly, the name of the album: DAMN.
The cover features Kendrick in front of a brick wall, with the rapper looking down and somewhat out of it, and the title above him in bright red font. Both images can be seen below, fresh from his Twitter and all.
I'll just say what we're all thinking: huh? From the cover to his debut GKMC, to the cover for the follow-up To Pimp A Butterfly, the images have at least some clear symbolism that you could tie into the album. Good Kid M.a.a.d. City has Kendrick as a baby, surrounded by his father and uncles, with 40's on the table and gang signs abound. To Pimp A Butterfly has a whole bunch of men flashing cash, gold, and other hood essentials on the lawn of the White House, while a dead politican can be seen lying in front of them, an image that Kendrick references explicitly on the intro track "Wesley's Theory."
For his third album, Kendrick has decided to look really, really sleepy.
And as for the title, we know that the Compton legend has been one for vaguery, but DAMN? There has to be an acronym somewhere in there. It was these… questions that I and everyone else on the Internet had when he first released the scoop, and let's just say, their first reactions were a lot more immediate than mine.
@kendricklamar this looks like it was made in paint tho fr what the fuck Kendrick lmao
— where am i (@Bamanboi) April 11, 2017
@kendricklamar @Matt_Kenway Should've had this guy on the cover. 😉✌ pic.twitter.com/Qw9pFfo4vI
— Referee Larry Peace (@RefLarryPeace) April 11, 2017
While commenters on Reddit tried to make sense of the title itself:
credit to u/JustKeepOnKeepingOn and u/Kobe7477
Yikes. Well then, guess we'll just have to wait for April 17th to find out if all of this was worth it? Don't let us down, Cornrow Kenny. Meanwhile, you can comment below what you think DAMN. might stand for. My guess? Ding-dongs Are My Nemesis.
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Miguel and Liam talk Drake's new VR game, dating advice, and the return of Invader Zim
You ever wanted to play a Drake video game? Well, in 2017, you're in luck... sort of. Check out Drake's no-joke, 100 percent real VR tour of his mansion here. And if that's not enough for you (it won't be), then listen to the latest episode of the Popdust Round-Up.
Miguel and Liam perform the first-ever audio speed-run of Drake's VR mansion tour, revealing a dark secret along the way. Miguel provides sage wisdom from his time on the New York dating scene. Finally, the boys talk about the return of Invader Zim and its bizarre proto-Fairly Odd Parents vibes.
All this knowledge and more can be yours! Just press play!
This review's kinda like Pacific Rim except with fewer monsters and more tongue
Over the weekend Drake premiered his long-awaited "playlist" More Life. The project had 22 songs ranging from dancehall to R&B to feature-heavy bangers. But can a 22 song project with so little focus really succeed? What's the best of the best? What's the worst of the worst? All that more and more appeared in the crystal balls of our resident Rap Psychics, Miguel and Liam.
Just a quick warning: this review contains language that's definitely NSFW. All that aside, check out their thoughts in the form of a Slack chat below:
OK LET'S START
solid song I think. does what it's supposed to do, gets us hype for the project, but overall not rewriting the Drake formula of "I'm rich, I'm famous, I have sex all the time now"
i like the reminiscent vibe
"i fall asleep in sororities/i had different priorities"
reminded me of the the semtex interview
i love hearing about the come up
there are some clever lines in this song
"I make too much these days to ever say poor me"
also 1 point for a reference to having his phone tapped
Yeah Comey stayed silent on the 6gate during the hearing this morning
"watch how you speak on my name"
"No Long Talk" didn't really do much for me
agreed, Drake's verse sounds good but not a lot actually said
and gigg's does his second worst feature on this track imo
but "Passionfruit" really made me feel something. Pretty ideal mix of the marimba/dancehall vibe and the drake-pop banger a la "Hold On We're Going Home" and "Feel No Ways"
oh for sure
passionfruit had the billboard hit written all over it
Giggs must be such a London hype boy to be worth keeping around for that C- feature
like Busta Rhymes on Look At Me Now
I feel like i'm missing something in Giggs
don't even get me started on his feature in "KMT"
we'll get there
but more thoughts on Passionfruit?
but I feel like with Passionfruit it's sorta indicative of what Drake is going for with this album
like you said a more dancehall/house vibe which isn't bad
but it feels like he's making these songs just for the summer DJ mix playlist
I have an unshakable feeling that Drake makes music for live performances and club premieres more than anything now
but that's also where he spends his time so like big ups to him
but kinda blows for studio drake fans
who knew nothing would be the same fr fr
I think Passionfruit is his best at concentrating himself on pure house/dance music, but a lot of other songs on this seem like his first tries
passionfruit definitely feels like the most worked on
that's one thing in general I wanted to say about the album, it's the same problem as Views, it
*it's literally just too long
last year the conversation I kept having with people re: Views was, "if you had to cut five songs from the album, which would it be?" and with More Life it's almost 10 songs
I'm not quite ready to put ten songs on the chopping block but there's a lot of fat for sure
It's weird because the best part of Drake used to be his diversity of sounds
ha me neither, 10 is definitely exaggerating
and now I just wish he would make a concise, thematic piece like If You're Reading This
even if they're all done in the same style
I'd take ten bangers like portland and free smoke
over ten marimba vibe songs
idk if I could actually put up with a purely "dance hall" drake album
so I guess what I'm saying is...
I want another If You're Reading This
the problem is even though IYRTITL did have a same style, each song served it's own purpose
if you're reading this/views/more life is like when you have a sick weekend lined up
and thursday is surprisingly lit
but then friday and saturday are actually bad
you can hear Drizzy trying to go for a sound on this album, but he goes for it over three different songs
and you didn't even know how much you should have valued thursday
I'm glad he did not call this an album
but yeah I agree with you about the intention behind songs on IYRTITL
there was cohesion
but I'm also mad he did call Views an album
even views lacked cohesion right?
let's talk drake vernacular real quick
"slash" "waste mans" "ting"
a lot of people from the caribbean in toronto
which explains the patois
when I made that connection it actually made more sense to me
because majority of the black population in the UK also speak with a lot of island slang
which I guess could be the common factor between all his different cultural identities ha
yeah he's copped like 10 accents for this album
he's a much more global drake now
which also came across heavy in his semtex interview
I saw some memes today
what are your thoughts on "get it together"?
getting on him about copping slang as soon as he hears it
I did not care at all about "Get It Together," that's not saying it's bad, it's just one of those redundant songs that might as well have been on Views
but then today I saw THREE different girls post a screenshot of that song on their IG story
and I thought "oh that's who that song is for"
scoured twitter for the meme but it's lost to the tides of time
yeah it's kind of a frathouse 2-3am song
it's made for girls to pregame to
like "i'm still tryna smash BUT i'm EMOTIONALLY tryna smash"
MY SIDE GIRL GOT A 5S WITH A SCREEN CRACKED
made for us to pre-game to, a.k.a. college aged males
if you're not following we're talking about Portland
yeah Drake finally
a song for the BOYS
feat quavo and travis scott
like saturdays, portland is 4 tha boys
I think the beat is dumb on Portland but I'm waiting to like it
is saying /s too much?
i love the pan flute
mask off is just the beginning, peep the popdust panflute playlist, SOON COME
I like Portland despite the beat
the beat's a big plus for me
my fave elements of the whole """""""playlist""""""" are the smooth transitions and interludes, the Skepta interlude goes nicely into Portland
quavo and travis are becoming the hot duo-but-not-really collab of this year
what are your thoughts on "Sacrifices"?
Sacrifices is pretty hot
kind of a thoughtless "i ball i bang hot chixxx" banger
but hearing young thug rap like that is a delight
a phrase i'm sure he'd call me a geek for using
yeah that's what pulled me in at first
but also another hot 2 chainz feature as always
he never disappoints
constant as the northern star
any other thoughts or can we move into final thoughts?
I think we can move into final thoughts
but that's the thing like, if you don't like a song like Madiba Riddim, you won't like Blem, or you won't like Passionfruit
which, by the way, I do enjoy
but on a 4 point scale, it's a 3 a.k.a. I like but I see how you could not
that's how I feel about the whole thing
are you talking about the album as a whole?
I like it, probably because I'm a drake lifer, but I get the instinct to turn away in disgust
I was talking madiba riddim at first but it applies to the whole for sure
lol out of 4 points is the scale?
we're just constantly rewriting the review game
I give this album 13 out of 18
and on that note I think we can close this chat
on a scale of 1 being Wasteman and 10 being an Unruly ting
this is a solid ting
probably someone drake would pay to RIM him
but not introduce to his mother or personal trainer
that might be too much
are we both thinking of the same definition for "rim"?
like the movie about BIG ROBOTS
if that's it then yes
To lick someone's anus with your tongue. Called "rimming" because it's done around the rim of the anus.
that's More Life folks!
anyway rap psychics outttt :v:
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