Kendrick Lamar has five of the top 50 most streamed songs of the year.
According to Hits Daily Double, Lamar’s hit single “Humble” is currently the second most streamed song of 2017. The four other songs also on the list are from the Compton rapper’s latest album DAMN. too: “DNA” (No. 15), “Love” featuring Zacari (No. 27), “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna (No. 39), and “Element” (No. 48).
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Another list highlighting the most streamed albums of the year has DAMN. at the top spot, beating out the likes of Drake, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, and others.
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Six months since the release of DAMN. and the album is still being discussed. Making an appearance on the Rap Radar Podcast, 9th Wonder, who produced DAMN.‘s final track “Duckworth,” spoke about how the song came to be and how TDE President Dave Free considers the song “the greatest story Kendrick has ever told.”
“I played 20 beats for [Kendrick Lamar] and he’s like ‘I’m gonna live with these,'” 9th Wonder said. “Then in June of 2016 he sent me a nine-second snippet of his camera pointed at the computer and he played when the beat switches and I was like ‘What’s that?’ And I ain’t hear back from him in like six months.”
“…[TDE President Dave Free] He hit me with like ‘Hey man, I need the samples for these two songs’ and I’m thinking ‘Oh I got two beats that made it,'” the producer continued. “And then he hit me back and said ‘There’s a third beat I need the sample for and I was like ‘Oh ok, I got three.’ And then he called me back and I said ‘I got three joints on it?’ And he said ‘Nah, it’s one song.’ And he’s like ‘Yeah man, it’s the greatest story Kendrick has ever told.'”