Stream & Download Kendrick Lamar’s New Album ‘DAMN.’

YES! A new Kendrick Lamar album is here! His fourth studio album DAMN. spans 14 tracks and brings on features from artists including Rihanna on “LOYALTY.”, U2 on “XXX.” and past collaborator Zacari on “LOVE.”. After our first listen it’s sounding incredible as Kendrick continues to progress as an artist and actually sings on multiple very chill tracks alternated with some of the hardest hitting songs we’ve heard from him to date. 

Like past Kendrick projects, DAMN. includes uncredited vocals from numerous artists throughout the project. BADBADNOTGOOD confirmed there are Kaytranada vocals on “LUST.” and The Internet’s Steve Lacy confirmed Anna Wise has vocals on “PRIDE.”, which he produced. Anna has worked with Kendrick on past projects and the combo has yet to disappoint.

Whenever Kendrick drops a new project, it’s an event surrounded in speculation and anticipation. He put the world in a whirlwind when he dropped his single “The Heart Part 4” where he hinted at a new release on April 7th. Then he followed it up with another incredible track “HUMBLE.” along with a music video that racked up an insane amount of plays and was all people seemed to be talking about for days. When his artwork was revealed it went viral and was turned into countless memes. This infatuation is no surprise after his last album To Pimp A Butterfly went platinum and earned him 11 Grammy nominations after venturing away from the sound on his previous releases.

What did surprise some people was his return to making hard-hitting raps after he went left-field for his last release that was more of a jazz fusion and funk / soul album than a rap release. After a number of clues we came to the conclusion this album was going to be Kendrick’s hardest to date

The full project brings on production from James Blake, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mike WiLL Made-It, The Alchemist, Steve Lacy (of The Internet), 9th Wonder, DJ Dahi, Cardo and his frequent collaborator Sounwave.

We couldn’t be more excited to dig into the full album. Stream below and enjoy! 

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Democrats In Illinois Just Unseated A Whole Bunch Of Republicans

WASHINGTON ― In a spate of local elections last week in Illinois, Democrats picked up seats in places they’ve never won before.

The city of Kankakee elected its first African-American, Democratic mayor. West Deerfield Township will be led entirely by Democrats for the first time. Elgin Township voted for “a complete changeover,” flipping to an all-Democratic board. Normal Township elected Democratic supervisors and trustees to run its board ― the first time in more than 100 years that a single Democrat has held a seat.

“We had a pretty good day,” said Dan Kovats, executive director of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association. “We won in areas we normally would win, but we also won in areas Republicans never expected us to be competitive in. They were caught flat-footed.”

These may seem like relatively small victories ― we’re talking about municipal races in towns with tens of thousands of people ― but they fit with a broader pattern that should have Republicans on edge ahead of the 2018 elections: Progressive grassroots activism, exploding with energy since President Donald Trump’s win in November, is fueling Democratic gains in GOP strongholds.

This week, a Democratic congressional candidate in Kansas nearly pulled off a shocking win in a heavily Republican district. In Georgia, 30-year-old Democratic newcomer Jon Ossoff is outpacing his GOP rivals in a race to replace former Rep. Tom Price. The seat has long been Republican and was once held by former Speaker Newt Gingrich. These races come after a Democratic state Senate candidate in Delaware, buoyed by anti-Trump activism, annihilated her GOP challenger in an election that’s traditionally been close.

In the case of Illinois, a number of Democrats who just won got a boost from a program launched by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) called Build The Bench. It’s an all-day boot camp that offers nuts-and-bolts details for running a successful campaign. Bustos came up with the idea last year when she noticed a dearth of new Democratic candidates for Congress, and decided the best way to help build up her party’s ranks was at the local level.

She’s held two boot camps in her district so far ― The Huffington Post attended one of them in March ― and she’s already seeing tremendous payoff. Twelve Build The Bench alumni ran for local seats in this election cycle, and eight of them won. A ninth alum, Rita Ali, is currently down by one vote in her race for Peoria City Council.

“I am incredibly proud that the majority of our graduates who were on the ballot in April municipal elections won their races,” said Bustos. “If we want to be successful in the heartland, we need to connect Democratic candidates for office at all levels with the best practices, skills and expertise needed to run winning campaigns.”

We won in areas we normally would win, but we also won in areas Republicans never expected us to be competitive in. They were caught flat-footed.
Dan Kovats, executive director of the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association

Chemberly Cummings and Arlene Hosea are among the Build The Bench alumni who recently won races. They both made history by becoming the first black members of Normal Town Council and Normal Township Trustee, respectively. That is no small feat in a predominately white, Republican region of the state.

“There’s this concept in Bloomington-Normal that everybody is conservative,” said Cummings, a 34-year-old State Farm employee. “But we are a group of people who are actually concerned about the issues in our community. I also think … when you have the representative of a party who is negative, I think you’ll start to see some things change. Nobody wants to be associated with something negative. They want to be associated with the positive.”

Hosea, a 57-year-old former Illinois State University employee, came out of retirement to run for her seat. She hadn’t planned on going into politics, but was deeply affected by Trump’s divisive tone all last year. 

“I am a descendent of slavery,” she said. “I saw and heard on the campaign trail so much awful rhetoric. My mom is still alive, she’s 90, and she faced racism through all of her childhood. I thought, ‘Arlene, you have to do more. You have to be the change that you want to see.’”

As someone born and raised in the area, Hosea said she takes pride in being able to give back to her town’s next generation. She got choked up thinking about how far she and her family have come, recalling how her mom lived through Jim Crow in the South and once watched the Ku Klux Klan drag her uncle out of the house and “almost beat him to death” in front of her when she was a child.

“Even if it’s just my seat at the table, they get to see me at that table. I have a voice,” Hosea said, her voice cracking. “In this community, no one has done it. So, it’s time.”

Of course, not everyone can win their first campaign. Jodie Slothower, a Build The Bench attendee who HuffPost met in March, lost her race for Normal Township clerk. She is disappointed, of course, but she’s already onto her next project: fueling the progressive momentum to oust more Republicans, like Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.). She started a grassroots mobilization group in November, Voices of Reason, and it’s up to 2,000 members.

“We have events planned all the way through August,” Slothower said. “We’re going to keep up the pressure on the congressman. We’re figuring out how to take what we’ve learned here and bring it to other communities. We have a lot of work to do.”

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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the May issue of Harper’s Index

Some excerpts from the Harper’s Index: 

Number of U.S. states that include cursive writing in their educational standards: 24 

Portion of Americans who believe that people who commit violence in the name of Islam are “really Muslim”: 2/5

Who believe that people who commit violence in the name of Christianity are “really Christian”: 1/5 

Number of the 100 highest-paid city employees in Boston last year who were members of the police department: 98 

Average percentage change in suicide rates among gay and bisexual teens after their states legalized same-sex marriage: –14 

Percentage change since 2005 in the volume of the global arms trade: +44 

Portion of Americans who believe The Onion is a credible news source: 1/5

Percentage change since 1997 in the number of times married Americans have sex each year: –19

Portion of married Japanese men under age 49 who say that work makes them too tired for intercourse: 1/3

Length, in minutes, of a weekly break during which employees of a Swedish town are encouraged to have sex: 60

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“God, how patient are Thy poor! These corporations and masters of manipulation in finance heaping up great fortunes by a system of legalized extortion, and then exacting from the contributors—to whom a little means so much—a double share to guard the treasure.”
                    ~Robert M. La Follette, Sr., address to the State Agricultural Society at Milwaukee, 1898



At Daily Kos on this date in 2005—Another glowing Reid piece:

While the GOP leadership is under assault from their imcompetence and corruption, ours continues to get glowing praise.

There’s nothing fancy about Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate. Sartorially, he is a symphony in brown. He hails from a Nevada eye-blink called Searchlight, but isn’t at ease in the spotlight. “I would just as soon never have a press conference,” he says. An amateur boxer in his youth, the 65-year-old Reid’s idea of a good time is to watch reruns of famous bouts on ESPN Classic. A favorite was on the other night: the 1955 epic between Archie Moore and Rocky Marciano. “Moore flattened Rocky early,” Reid said. “Had him down, almost out. But by patience and sheer determination Marciano came back, round by round, and won. Both guys were cut and bloody when it was over.” […]

Reid, with 37 years in politics, is prospering partly by doing what shrewd boxers do in the early rounds to survive: let the other guy overreach. Proudly unphilosophical, he thinks the Democratic Party needs no soul-searching. “I believe in simplicity,” he says. “Health care, pensions, energy independence–that’s my agenda.” […]

While Reid himself is low-key, the allies he organizes throughout the city–polltakers, consultants, liberal lobbyists–are not. He has commissioned virtual “war rooms,” which coordinate the use of focus-grouped attack language in ads and speeches on two main issues. The first was Social Security. Now comes the war of words over the Senate’s hallowed “filibuster rule,” which allows a minority of 41 members to use the privilege of talking endlessly to kill any legislative action–such as a judicial nomination they don’t like. Reid’s poll-tested line of attack: ending the filibuster rule would destroy the separation of powers envisioned by the Founding Fathers. It’s not clear whether Frist has the support—or the nerve—to press for a vote on ending the rule. His own advisers are divided. […]

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin and Armando round up top headlines. KS-04 fallout. HuffPo allows that Daily Kos is “back.” GOP contracts Hitlerrhea. Trump flips on currency manipulation, NATO; learns North Korea’s complex and the Easter Egg Roll has nothing to do with China.

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