Kendrick Lamar dropped another classic album. I know what your thinking. Didn't he just drop Damn.? Yes. And coming off a critically acclaimed album Kendrick Lamar is back with his new album Damn. Wait hold up. Am I reading that right? Yes, he is re-releasing Damn. again. So is there any new songs? No. Is this a bonus CD with extra commentary, or Deluxe package, or something? No. It's Damn again. But not quite. The major difference between this new Damn. and the old Damn. is the tracklist ordering. The tracklist is completely in REVERSE of each other.
So Kendrick just wanted to make some extra money to recoup all the money from his first album's advance? Anyone who knows Kendrick Lamar's music knows that album has far been recouped. And they also know that anything that Kendrick does is intentional. Many fans realized that this album was meant to be played both forwards and backwards. Even more that the way you play the album is directly tied to two different people's decisions and the different paths in life that they had taken. Thanks to some loyal fans we find out the real reason (Read an interesting post from a recent Reddit post here).
Starting with Duckworth. as the first track gives the whole album a different feel. Almost a begin with the ending in sight type of feel. When the album is played forwards Duckworth is the climax of album building up to this point. Playing the album backwards Duckworth for me come to early means that the album's pace seems downhill and anti-climatic.
Tracks like Humble which was the first single in the list is still towards the middle of the album, but it still seems toward the beginning of the album if your rounding. Humble takes on a different feel for the person it is speaking to in the fact that the previous track was the person having chose "Lust" and this track them learning to be "Humble". While on the reverse side when being played forward the person had to chosen "Pride" and then had to learn to be "Humble". These are where the cross-roads happens for both characters of the story.
Blood is interesting within it's self but it definitely feels weird to be an outro song. It's kind of cool how it is the complete story to the little snippet of this that you get in the Duckworth. track. But at the same time it feels out of place when the end of it leads directly into what is DNA when playing the album forward this goes double if you've bought the forward album first.
Overall I think the album is great! Kendrick is a genius for having made Damn album and the ability to create 2 albums in one. Comparing both albums I would say that this album feels really top heavy. I feel like when playing Damn forward there is a build up, but when playing Damn backwards you almost start at the top of the mountain and pace yourself down it. But either way check it out and let me know what you think.
Also checkout another interesting conspiracy theory about the album.