Kendrick Lamar

Self Help: Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." as intervention

Self Help: Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' as intervention

Kung Fu Kenny, the 5-foot-5 giant and hip-hop's resident Vitruvian Man, awoke from his sleep to deliver us his fourth studio album back in April—"DAMN.," a proper follow-up to put detractors of 2015's "To Pimp A Butterfly" back in their cocoons.

"DAMN." is a 14-track, 55-minute cathartic therapy session with Kendrick Lamar wrestling with himself and traversing his religiosity with all the convictions of Chance the Rapper and the skeptical inquisition of a 2004 Jadakiss. He paints an all-encompassing self-portrait, a Compton-crafted version of Jan van Eyck's 1433 "Portrait of A Man," with great detail as rich colors...