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DAMN. NEW ALBUM.

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

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  Eight months after his successful album, DAMN., Kendrick Lamar released DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION. on Friday, December 8.  

  The album features the same songs as its older counterpart did, but in reverse order. For example, whereas DAMN. started with “BLOOD.” and ended with “DUCKWORTH.”, DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION. starts with “DUCKWORTH.” and ends with “BLOOD.” The new album also comes with new cover art.

  Lamar explained to MTV, “It plays as a full story and even a better rhythm. It’s one of my favorite rhythms and tempos within the album.”

  DAMN. was an introspective album, and Lamar wanted it to tell a story. But besides these two differences, DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION. is the same as its predecessor.

  Matthew Lee (9), although a fan of rap music and Lamar, does not like the album. Lee explained, “There’s no different meaning – you don’t get anything else out of it. I don’t think it’s worth the $15 dollars he’s asking for it.”

  However, Stephanie Lymon (9), another fan of Kendrick Lamar’s music, feels differently about the album than Lee does. Lymon reasoned, “DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION. puts the same story in DAMN. backwards, which gives you another perspective on the album. It can connect to us all on some level and all his words on the album have reason.” Whether or not the album was good, or even needed, is up to the listener.

  So is DAMN. COLLECTORS EDITION. a waste of money? Or is it an album that retells the same story in DAMN. but differently? A physical copy can be bought at a music store or listened to online to find out which description fits Lamar’s latest album.

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

Danielle Perea is a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals. She enjoys music, playing the tenor saxophone, and chillin with her homie (her pet guinea pig.)

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