Rhetorical Analysis: Damn By Kendrick Lamar

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On April 14th, 2017, proclaimed artist, Kendrick Lamar, released his fourth studio album, titled Damn. This fourteen track album was possibly Lamar’s most personal and most in-depth project yet. However, no song on this album, perhaps, reaches the personal level of the fifth track titled “FEEL.” In this song Lamar gives a super in-depth look at what he believes his biggest issues are and allows the listener to realize your own by confessing his. The purpose of this essay is to conduct a rhetorical analysis of Kendrick Lamar’s “FEEL.” and his effective use of the rhetorical devices ethos, pathos, and logos.
It is important to note however, that in this track Lamar takes a deeper look into the isolation that his fame has caused him. Specifically, Lamar feels distant from his family and friends and wishes to rebuild these relationships. This song provides a sample from the song “Stormy” by O.C. Smith and was produced by Mark Spears, who has produced many other songs for Lamar and other members on his label Top Dawg Entertainment. The song peaked at number 35 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100.
First, Lamar opens his song up by claiming “Ain’t nobody praying
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He builds credibility in every line by how personal and relatable his bars are, he confesses all of his inner feelings, and he provides logical explanations as to why he is feeling this way. The listener overall feels as if they need to do more to help their community and no longer should they hold in their feelings. In conclusion, Kendrick Lamar is fed up with how things are going in his life. He is tired of the unfair treatment from superiors and of the childishness of his friends and people in his life. He wants to share his wealth with his community and build for a brighter future of the people of Compton. Furthermore, Lamar has opened up like never before in this fantastic track which exemplifies his beliefs and

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