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Kendrick Lamar releases alternate version of DAMN. with reversed track order

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When Kendrick Lamar dropped his latest genius effort into the world, people ran amok with theories.  DAMN., released back in April, quickly became notable for the fan theories about a second release coming soon. As the theorists anxiously waited and waited for news of a second album with nothing to show for it, the conversation shifted to a new idea.

As fans poured over the new LP, deep readings about its intention surfaced. The common theme became that the album works almost as a double album within itself if you simply reverse the track order. Well, as it turns out, this is something Kendrick himself then chimed in on, claiming that this reverse ordering was purposeful.

Shortly after the release of DAMN., Kendrick had this to say:

“I don’t think the story necessarily changes, I think the feel changes. The initial vibe listening from the top all the way to the bottom is… this aggression and this attitude. You know, ‘DNA,’ and exposing who I really am. You listen from the back end, and it’s almost the duality and the contrast of the intricate Kendrick Lamar. Both of these pieces are who I am.”

Now, he’s has given in to this idea completely by releasing a second version of the album with its tracklist reversed. This “collector’s edition” of DAMN. doesn’t see any new music or alternate versions of the songs, just the track order playing from end to beginning instead of the original way it was released. There’s also some new artwork, which you can check out below.

Stream the new alternate version of DAMN. right here, and give us some thoughts in the comments about how you think the album changes when you listen to it in this order.

 

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