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Kendrick Lamar DAMN.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar just released his latest album, DAMN. which follows his massive 2015 record To Pimp a Butterfly. Since his rise to prominence a few years ago, Lamar has become the standard to which other rappers and hip hop acts are measured. Jim finds DAMN. to be a“grower”that the listener appreciates with repeat listenings. While this record doesn‘t grab you in the same way as To Pimp a Butterfly, he loves Lamar’s latest effort. Between his enlightened lyrics and classic gangster rap sonics, Jim thinks this album is a Buy It. Greg agrees, as Kendrick shows a mastery of storytelling and flow with this record. And while the sound may be stripped down from previous albums, Kendrick is no less ambitious as he draws lines between street violence and American foreign policy. Greg says DAMN. is no less than a“masterpiece”making for a double Buy It.

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Go to episode 595
lists

Top Albums of 2017… So Far

We're halfway through 2017, which means it's time to get a jump on the Best-Of Lists. Here are Jim and Greg's mid-year best Top 10 lists.

Go to episode 604

The Best Albums of 2017

It's Jim and Greg's favorite show of the year, where they get to reflect on the Best Albums of 2017. They also hear picks from listeners as well as the Sound Opinions production staff.

Go to episode 627

2017 in Song: Jim and Greg's Mixtapes

Each year, Sound Opinions flips the page on the calendar with a“mixtape”that sums up the year in music.

Greg's mixtape is organized as an homage to the themes explored in Kendrick Lamar's 2017 opus DAMN. The themes include FEAR., EMPATHY., MOURNING., and TRUTH. Jim's mixtape was inspired by what he calls the biggest story of 2017: the #MeToo movement.

Go to episode 631
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Music News

This week, the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition went to Kendrick Lamar for his 2017 album DAMN. Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz performer to win the prize. According to the Pulitzers, DAMN. is“a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”Jim wonders if this is a case of the Pulitzer committee "trying to match the Nobel Prize committee giving a Nobel to Bob Dylan?" Greg suggests that the Pulitzers did“a better job of recognizing genius”than the Grammies did. He adds that he fact that DAMN. did not win the Grammy for Album of the Year "is magnified now."

Go to episode 647