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“DAMN”: Kendrick Lamar’s Activism on a Cover

Some of 2017’s most powerful album covers reflected an unmistakable social and political awareness. Angaleena Presley skewered country music sexism with the cover artwork of Wrangled. Joey Bada$$ and Eminem appropriated images of the American flag to offer biting commentary on the political and social landscape. But it was Kendrick Lamar’s expression of frustration and anger on the cover of his Grammy Award-winning DAMN that created the most striking statement.

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