Kendrick Lamar / Travis Scott / D.R.A.M. at American Airlines Center
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While new albums from rap titans JAY-Z and Kanye West collect headlines for the odd manner in which they are released, Compton-born Kendrick Lamar generates blockbuster numbers by simply releasing a new record, plain and simple. It’s not that this is a new sensation, given his three Billboard No. 1-selling albums, but the magnitude of his impact continues to grow. Since his fiery, scene-stealing performance at the Grammy Awards in February 2016, where he hauled in five trophies, Lamar has been commercially dominant and critically untouchable. Lamar’s latest release, the adventurous, era-bridging DAMN., is indeed the best-selling record of any genre this year so far.