By Victor Ernest with AFP report
Kendrick Lamar’s introspective work of hip-hop storytelling titled ”DAMN.” has been rated as the biggest US album so far in 2017.
”DAMN.,” which featured artistes like Rihanna and U2, has so far sold 603,000 copies or the equivalent in streaming and downloads since its April 14 release.
Entering at number one on the benchmark Billboard chart, ”DAMN.” sold more in a single week than any other album.
”DAMN.” follows Lamar 2015 album ”To Pimp a Butterfly,” which has quickly been hailed as a hip-hop classic with its innovative infusion of jazz and its lyricism that explored the state of black America.
While ”DAMN.” has similarly won wide praise, it brings a more classic rap style, even with a pop-oriented collaboration with Rihanna and a guitar rock fusion with U2.
While ”DAMN.” also has political references, Lamar said in an interview aired Friday that he did not want to focus too much on President Donald Trump.
Lamar vs Drake
Lamar topped the ”More Life” collection by Drake, the Toronto rapper known more for crowd-pulling dance tracks than social commentary, which had earlier held the crown for biggest US album release of 2017.
But ”DAMN.” remains well below Drake’s last full-fledged album ”Views,” which sold more than one million copies in its first week after its release a year ago.
The comparative sales figures are sure to be scrutinized as Lamar and Drake have made a series of critical, if indirect, comments about each other.