Kendrick Lamar is the most exciting and inspired artist in music today. After 2015’s world conquering, heavily jazz & funk-influenced “To Pimp A Butterfly,” Lamar with “Damn” brings the focus back towards pure rap, but “Damn” is as singular and unique as any of Lamar’s previous output. Lead single “Humble” managed to go all the way to #1- a huge crossover radio hit; it did so without compromises. “DNA,” “Fear,” XXX (featuring U2!!!!) and last track- the amazing “Duckworth” are all some of the best cuts of not only Lamar’s career but of 2017 in general. “Damn” will likely be on the short list of 2017’s best albums.