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Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn’ album is getting the meme treatment

Damn, that's a good meme.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 11, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 5:51 pm CDT

Kendrick Lamar revealed the album artwork for his next record, DAMN., on Tuesday, and the internet has come to a consensus: it’s readymade to be a meme, and that may have been part of Kendrick’s strategy when he chose it. Both the front and back covers feature the title “DAMN.” in a serif font, over a photo of a fed-up looking Kendrick.

It’s almost crazy how many people on Twitter had the same thought upon seeing the cover for the first time: Kendrick knew damn (DAMN.?) well it was gonna be a meme.

So far, there are more posts praising K-Dot’s meme genius than actual DAMN. memes, but a few examples are already popping up.

Remember “Damn, Daniel,” the early 2016 meme about the kid who made fun of his friend Daniel’s white Vans? That joke was dead and buried, but Kendrick has brought it back … kind of.

The “DAMN.” meme can also be used to comment on legitimately shocking events, like the violent removal of a United Airlines passenger from a plane this week:

Or you can use the album cover to respond to anything you would conceivably say “damn” about:

And some people are using it to say, “Damn. Why isn’t Young Thug on this album?”

All in all, it’s highly versatile, very relatable, and doesn’t take much effort to participate in—all signs of a successful meme. Plus, it has huge support from Black Twitter, one of the most influential communities in the meme game. Is Kendrick’s “Damn” album cover going to be the meme of the month? No offense to the Estonian dwarf from The Simpsons, but probably!

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He could have the album of the month, too. DAMN. drops April 14.

Update 1o:24am CT, Apr. 18:

The Kendrick memes really took off in the days after DAMN. was released. People are replacing Kendrick on the cover with various other characters, and replacing “DAMN.” with other, similar slogans. This heckin good doggo has been very popular on Reddit:

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And these variations have shown up on Facebook:

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Is this what Kendrick imagined when he picked his album art? Probably not, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty funny.

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*First Published: Apr 11, 2017, 2:04 pm CDT