In five whirlwind years,¬†Kendrick Lamar¬†has gone from being hip-hop's hottest rising star to one of the most important voices of his generation. And as his latest album,¬†DAMN., proves, he shows no signs of stopping. His third No. 1 in a row, the hotly anticipated release sees Lamar make another about-turn after the fearlessly creative excursions of 2015's¬†To Pimp A Butterfly. If¬†DAMN.¬†is a more stripped-back, direct album, it's also another utterly compelling one. With his laidback flow and thought-provoking lyrics, it finds Kendrick at the very top of his game, making the personal political ‚Äì and vice versa ‚Äì and ensuring that he leads the charge, at a time when the world very much needs a voice like his.