Since it’s release, DAMN has, for many, solidified Kendrick Lamar as one of the greatest emcees to ever come along.
But while the 14-track LP is without a doubt a testament to the Compton rapper’s artistry, there are many who’ve struggled to stack it up against his three previous albums, at least one of which and many would contend, two has been universally regarded as classic. In spite of such critiques, the project continues to outdo expectations, landing Kenny his first number one hit with Humble, which is followed up with wherever each song from DAMN lands along the Billboard Top 100. That every-single-track off of the album has landed on the chart, would be correct. In fact, all of DAMN‘s material comes in among the top 70 titles listed. While the fact that where each track lands on the chart relative to the next, aligns perfectly with the actual order of the track list, probably has to do with how the dynamics of music streaming plays out; getting your whole album on the singles list is an exceptional feat, digital era or otherwise.
Only Drake, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd did it before K-Dot. Thus, if having bested Drizzy’s More Life as the year’s highest selling debut hasn’t proven that in addition to its critical acclaim, DAMN is doing numbers, its positioning among the most popular songs in music today certainly does.