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a.k.a. "The album of the decade"

Poll Results

OptionVotes
King Kunta 23
Alright 8
The Blacker the Berry 6
i 4
These Walls 4
How Much a Dollar Cost 4
Mortal Man 2
Momma 2
u 2
Institutionalized 2
Hood Politics 1
For Free? (Interlude) 1
Wesley's Theory 1
For Sale? (Interlude) 0
Complexion (A Zulu Love) 0
You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said) 0


more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 29 September 2017 19:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We've not done this?

imago, Friday, 29 September 2017 19:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

good timing, I picked it up for two bucks at value village today

The Blacker the Berry

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 29 September 2017 19:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost:

Surprisingly not!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

But christ, what to vote for here? Just looking at the first seven tracks alone is making my head spin, and the back half is just as strong!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

runner ups would be For Sale? and These Walls

I do prefer the new album overall though

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

these walls

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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I... don't. DAMN is a great record and undoubtedly one of my favourite things released this year, but lyrically and sonically this is far superior, IMO.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I basically never listen to "For Free," "u" or "Mortal Man" tbh

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I fucking love 'Mortal Man', the production on that is total ear candy, IMO, sonically gorgeous.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

How much a dollar cost

the article don, Friday, 29 September 2017 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

How much a dollar cost

the article don, Friday, 29 September 2017 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

p hard for me to consider any of these tracks in isolation tbh

Οὖτις, Friday, 29 September 2017 20:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"King Kunta" now and forever.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Every track is great, probably gonna wind up picking Hood Politics or Momma or something else off the back half

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Friday, 29 September 2017 20:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

These Walls. Not even close

flappy bird, Friday, 29 September 2017 21:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Blacker the Berry. This album got a real track-record for being "experimental" but looking at this list it's actually filled with a lot of great pop moments (kunta, these walls, complexion, you ain't gotta lie)

How much do ppl wanna bet that this and my beautiful dark twisted fantasy are gonna be #2 and 1, respectively, on p4k and rs's end-of-decade lists?

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The track that finally let me get Kendrick - "Alright". After that, pretty much everything I had tried to like before opened up

Vinnie, Saturday, 30 September 2017 03:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i skip tracks 1+2, everything else is insanely good. prolly voting for momma, but these walls, u, complexion, blacker the berry could all be picks.

wouldn't be able to pick a fav btwn this record, madd city, & section 80

sleepingbag, Saturday, 30 September 2017 05:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

either wesley's theory or these walls

the underground is pass-agg (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 30 September 2017 05:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Still a little annoyed that the album uses the live version of "I".

Moodles, Saturday, 30 September 2017 06:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's perfect actually, in every context except this specific one

the underground is pass-agg (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this is King Kunta

niels, Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'King Kunta' is amazing, when I'm listening to the album I automatically anticipate "I GOT A BONE TO PICK!" during the ending to 'For Free?' ... I love its bass heavy G funk-like production.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 30 September 2017 17:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Voted for 'Mortal Man'

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Sunday, 1 October 2017 20:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

King Kunta

kornrulez6969, Monday, 2 October 2017 00:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I can only ever digest this album in like six song chunks. In awe just looking at that tracklist and realizing it's one single album. My first instinct is the blacker the berry but there are so many worthy options.

Fetchboy, Monday, 2 October 2017 04:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tons of classics, but King Kunta is classic-est.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 2 October 2017 04:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

voted "u" for being capturing self-loathing and depression better than any song ive ever heard

professor of postmalonial studies (m bison), Monday, 2 October 2017 04:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's a really fine album by a master of his craft but somehow King Kunta is the standout. The rest of the album kind of mulches along happily to me, but it feels like a listen-through experience rather than a bunch of individual tracks.

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 2 October 2017 07:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^ Uh, wut?

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 12:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I got a bone to pick

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 October 2017 12:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I do think that it's a great album with a few clear standouts - namely, King Kunta, These Walls, Momma and The Blacker The Berry...but I'll need to listen again to decide

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 12:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Just relistened yesterday and I kinda agree w/ dl in the sense that it's a sum-greater-than-the-parts experience

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, its glory is in how it doesn't relent from being at least very, very good, all the way through

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

a glory that DAMN. shares

imago, Monday, 2 October 2017 13:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I completely disagree - I think the material here is mostly as strong taken individually as well as collectively.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's more how I find myself listening to it. It's not that the material isn't strong, just that his music has a collagey / cut-up vibe to it that makes me not really pay attention to individual songs so much

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Like, obviously it is best listened to from beginning to end, like a lot of albums are - but shuffle play doesn't ruin the LP either.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fine, you're right and i'm wrong

Shat Parp (dog latin), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I basically never listen to "For Free," "u" or "Mortal Man" tbh

I think I've played "u" more than any other song on this album aside from maybe "The Blacker the Berry"

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Monday, 2 October 2017 13:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's probably the same with me with 'Mortal Man', tbh.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 2 October 2017 15:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The a cappella rap at the end of 'i' into 'Mortal Man' is a great bit of sequencing - really wouldn't want it any other way!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 16:59 (one week ago) Permalink

"complexion" is the worst song on this record, though rapsody's verse is good. feels like a bad common track

marcos, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 17:48 (one week ago) Permalink

kunta is great obv but i feel like it loses momentum after the beginning

marcos, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 17:48 (one week ago) Permalink

momma is probably my favorite. opener is dope too

marcos, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 17:49 (one week ago) Permalink

think im gonna go with hood politics, lyrics are a little on the nose, but my favorite example of his rappin-ass-rapping on the record, and the sufjan flip is genius

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 17:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Aw, I really like 'Complexion'!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 3 October 2017 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, Complexion is awesome

josh az (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 5 October 2017 03:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:01 (five days ago) Permalink

Sometimes it feels like every time I listen to this album I have a different favourite, right now 'The Blacker the Berry' is flooring me.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 19:30 (five days ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:01 (four days ago) Permalink

Damn I did not expect a blow out

flappy bird, Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:03 (four days ago) Permalink

you got a bone to pick?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:03 (four days ago) Permalink

Only 4 votes for These Walls?????????????

flappy bird, Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:04 (four days ago) Permalink

Life ain't nothing but dark smooth jazz

flappy bird, Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:04 (four days ago) Permalink

I think "The Blacker the Berry" is a more viscerally powerful song than "Alright," but I'm pretty in sync with these results. "u" is certainly one of the album's more distinct tracks, but it's not one that I ever listen to out of context.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:28 (four days ago) Permalink

just glad For Free got a vote

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:53 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm far more surprised at 'Momma' getting more votes than 'Wesley's Theory' than the amount of votes for 'King Kunta', which is indeed awesome.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:21 (four days ago) Permalink

I'm a little bummed that "For Sale?" didn't get a vote, such a beautiful (if a little meandering) track.

bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:58 (four days ago) Permalink

Yeah, both that and 'Complexion' both deserved a vote.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:30 (four days ago) Permalink

I just listened to this in its entirety in the car today, at my son's behest (he loves DAMN but was too young when TPAB came out and hadn't actually heard it all), and these results basically mirror my mental ranking as we were going through the album. (I still wish the single version of i was on there -- it's a great track, and he the fake-live treatment with the negus lecture totally steps on it.)

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Friday, 13 October 2017 01:01 (three days ago) Permalink

I'll never get why people are so down on the album version of 'i', which fits better conceptually than the single version would. The transition from that into 'Mortal Man' is one of my favourite moments on the record.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 13 October 2017 05:58 (three days ago) Permalink

Damn, yall really like King Kunta

josh az (2011nostalgia), Friday, 13 October 2017 06:23 (three days ago) Permalink

I'm a little bummed that "For Sale?" didn't get a vote, such a beautiful (if a little meandering) track.

― bodak horseman (voodoo chili), Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:58 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yea that is a good one

marcos, Friday, 13 October 2017 14:33 (three days ago) Permalink

xpost:

It's one of the most conventional tracks on the record and reminiscent of a certain type of '90s hip-hop style, so it's not really surprising!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 13 October 2017 15:24 (three days ago) Permalink

I'll never get why people are so down on the album version of 'i', which fits better conceptually than the single version would. The transition from that into 'Mortal Man' is one of my favourite moments on the record.

Because it works conceptually but the second half is a chore to listen to.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 14 October 2017 13:10 (two days ago) Permalink

"king kunta" is very conventional yes, but i thought people liked this album for being "difficult" and not conventional? bizarre pick for favorite track, i wouldn't call it a highlight on any of kendrick's albums

dyl, Saturday, 14 October 2017 16:41 (two days ago) Permalink

Conventional in what way? Because it's catchy? Or are there other songs you think it's ripping off?

Moodles, Saturday, 14 October 2017 17:12 (two days ago) Permalink

xpost:

For me the appeal of this album is a combination of the lyrical content, the delivery of said content, the production throughout which is so OTM and the way everything is tied together conceptually. The whole package of this thing is incredible. One of the few "long" albums that doesn't feel overlong and keeps me completely engaged throughout. I don't think it's a difficult or even a challenging record - it's pure ear candy to me and exciting to listen to.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 14 October 2017 17:37 (two days ago) Permalink

catchy and adheres to conventional structure, don't think it's ripping anything off in particular xp

dyl, Saturday, 14 October 2017 18:20 (two days ago) Permalink


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