16 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following 2012’s electrifying good kid, m.A.A.d city, the supremely gifted, Compton-bred rapper delivers another uncompromising and deeply affecting listening experience. Packed with jazzy, dreamlike production and staggering lyrical work, To Pimp a Butterfly finds Kendrick Lamar grappling with the weight of his newfound fame—as a representative of his community and as a young black man. Through the funky menace of “King Kunta,” Lamar makes blistering reference to the protagonist of Alex Haley’s Roots, while the feverish standout, “The Blacker the Berry,” sees him attack black-on-black crime with singular precision and ferocity.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following 2012’s electrifying good kid, m.A.A.d city, the supremely gifted, Compton-bred rapper delivers another uncompromising and deeply affecting listening experience. Packed with jazzy, dreamlike production and staggering lyrical work, To Pimp a Butterfly finds Kendrick Lamar grappling with the weight of his newfound fame—as a representative of his community and as a young black man. Through the funky menace of “King Kunta,” Lamar makes blistering reference to the protagonist of Alex Haley’s Roots, while the feverish standout, “The Blacker the Berry,” sees him attack black-on-black crime with singular precision and ferocity.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
10.2K Ratings
10.2K Ratings
Anthony E. R. ,

"This is what hip-hop is."

After finishing this album, I can truly say with confidence that this album is a masterpiece. There is nothing like this, Kendrick has created something perfect. It is perfect because it has a message, but the way Kendrick explained this message to me just blew me away. From ranting about the government and their carelessness for minorities to his subtle conversation with one of the most influential rappers who ever lived, 2Pac. This sequence of songs really brings it all in and in such a precise manner, leaving you to ponder about one of the most controversial issues in the US. I'm convinced this will get album of the year. I was expecting a "fire" album, but Kendrick really changed the whole game with this album. After hearing that third "PAC" and being left with utter silence, I was truly shocked. This is what hip-hop is. This is what music is. This is the album that only comes once in a lifetime, I suggest you get to listening.

White Barry Bonds ,

Album of the year already.

Kendrick will never let us down.

jovehnic ,

Quite possibly the GOAT

I knew the album would be great but I wasn't expecting this. This album may be the best album I've ever heard. It's nothing like Good Kid so get over it. It's not a follow up album, it's a reaction album. A reaction to the success and the awareness of what great power brings. It's shockingly honestly. Sonically it sounds like an album that Andre 3000 would have made. This album is what Yeezus should have been. If this isn't the best album I've ever heard I'll say it is the most honest, soulful, powerful, and important album of my time. Thank you Kendrick!

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