David Turner

Freelancer

Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2017, in Indio, Calif.

10 Songs That Influenced Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.'

With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar pulls back from the epic scope that defined To Pimp a Butterfly to deliver a rawer, more personal album. The lyrics revisit the issues of race, politics, fame, and self-worth that have long pushed the rapper, while the production draws from contemporary trap, pop, and R&B. As has become typical for the Compton MC, the album draws deeply from many beloved artists. Here are 10 contemporary tracks that influenced DAMN.