To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

Simon Eddie
March 28, 2015

RATING:

94

%

TRACKS:

16

LABEL:

Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath, Interscope

RELEASE DATE:

03/16/15


Kendrick Lamar is a hip-hop artist from Compton, California that first started producing mix tapes at the age of 16 back in 2003. To Pimp a Butterfly is his third studio album, featuring contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Sounwave, Snoop Dog, Pharrell Williams, Terrace Martin, Rapsody, Pete Rock and many others.

To be honest, even though I’m a huge fan of 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, I wasn’t expecting much from this new release. After all, Lamar won a Grammy last year. That's usually when the artist transcends from being totally passionate about the music they create to becoming more of an entertainer. When the compositions tend to become more about grand production and flair. This transformation happens a lot with most hip-hop musicians. When there’s money to be spent on a record, you can almost guarantee that there’s going to be a laundry list of guest performers and producers. That’s certainly the case here, but Kendrick Lamar is just one of those rare breeds. When compared to his musical contemporaries he’s on another level completely, a true musical genius that knows how to harness his ideas and implement them with expertise and skill in the studio.

Not only is To Pimp a Butterfly better than Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City in every aspect, it's an instant classic that should always be included in the conversation when discussing the best hip-hop albums ever recorded. It's just that good. The instrumentation is funky, jazzy and radically-charged at its core. The grooves come across as lively and dynamic in such a way that it becomes embedded in your consciousness. You can truly feel the funk, the jazz and the power of the lyrics. There’s just so much to appreciate here. Hip-hop albums of this caliber don’t come around too often.

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