Album: DAMN.
Producer: Teddy Walton, Greg Kurstin, Top Dawg, Sounwave
Label: Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
Best Pick Up Line: “Keep it a whole one hund': Don't got you, I got nothin'.”

DAMN. is a thematically dark album: “Love,” for example, is followed by the U2-featuring vengeance screed “XXX.” But for those three-and-a-half-minutes, you forget the surrounding clouds thanks to the album’s most shimmering production. “Love” is Kendrick’s traditional romance joint, but his specificity overrides the potential cheesiness. The drums stomp behind him as he declares his desires to his love interest: “Keep it a hundred, I'd rather you trust me than to love me.” Like everything else Kendrick puts onto record, you don’t doubt that he really means this.