07/29/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
“Loyalty” (stylized as “LOYALTY.”) is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It is the sixth track from his fourth studio album Damn, released on April 14, 2017 and was later sent to urban and rhythmic radio June 20, 2017 as the third single from the album.The song features Barbadian singer Rihanna on vocals and was written by Lamar, DJ Dahi, Sounwave, and Terrace Martin.
Complex calls it a “standout track” and one of Damn’s most “radio-friendly cuts”. The Fader writer Jason Parham calls “Loyalty”, “anxious, berserk, and beautifully intransigent in [its] own right” and “equal parts pop, funk, and brooding rap hymnal”. Frank Guan of Vulture enjoyed the song, especially Rihanna’s part, saying “though only eight bars, Rihanna’s sung rap is as fluent as it is brief, a swift and casual tour of her accomplishments.” Rap-Up.com called the song a “standout track that allows Kung Fu Kenny and Bad Gal RiRi to address allegiance from a variety of angles.”