Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick_Lamar_-_To_Pimp_a_ButterflyRelease Date- March 15, 2015

Rating: 6.5/10

Kendrick Kendrick Kendrick Lamar. I don’t think there can be enough said about him. Over the past few years since his first debut album Good Kid Mad City Kendrick has risen to be one of the top mc’s in the game. If this man isn’t on your top favorite rappers right now this moment, then you might want to listen to his music catalog again, again, then again once more. From his first single entitled song off the album “I” “I” knew To Pimp A Butterfly would be a beautifully constructed album that would catch listeners off of guard due to more complex yet conflicted subject matters that appear on the album. Though I may catch a lot of heat from many music listeners after listening to the album I disliked it. I can barely make it through the whole album without asking myself what was Kendrick Lamar thinking. This album is nothing like the first album which is a good thing, but I think this album should have been made for the third album. I think an artist has to have somewhat of a similar album, but more of a growth on the second album especially with the success of Kendricks first project. It seems that Lamar is somewhat torn between the success in the music industry and the world in which he grew up in. As a result this album to seems to preachy and most times doesn’t follow any type of pattern. I will say I do like the themes Kendrick touched on which is included racism, politics, and growing up in poverty which has an effect on its people in the worst environments. See when I listen to Kendrick Lamar I want to feel as though I am riding around Compton at 12:45 am with him sitting shot gun as he freestyles on beats blowing some California home grown kush weed. I didn’t get that type of effect with this album at all. I am fan of hip-hop and that’s what I feel Kendrick is, but not bound to which makes him a versatile artist. I am glad he choose a different path with this album, but I feel like there was something missing on this album that didn’t me bounce my head up and down ( which gives the notion that someone is feeling the music). None the less the production on this album is outstanding. The album blends du-wap, jazz, hip-hop, poetry, and lyricism all in one. Worthy tracks on this album include songs such as For Free, Alright, and Wesley’s Theory.

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18 thoughts on “Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly

    1. and thank I am most likely going to add to the review soon. and yeah it hurts to give his album such a low rating I might even bump it up to a 7 lol but I cant get through the album. I love what hes saying in his lyrics and the message but this was to left field.

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      1. Think of it this way…it’s like a social commentary on the metamorphosis or de-metamorphosis of the so-called African American…that’s the way I heard each song. It kinda leads you to where we should be (loving ourselves) and the song/interview with Tupac was pure genius! Okay I’ll stop now lol but I’ve listened to it several times straight thru and just loved it

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      2. Yes and I had to listen to it a few times and yes I forgot to mention in my review about the interview with tupac but what I really loved was how he started the songs off with poetry and ended it off following up with the poetry also..

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  1. Oh wow. A 6.5 out of 10. You have to at least give it a 7 or 8 just because it’s Kendrick Lamar haha. A 6.5 out of 10 is what you give to an artist like Yung Thug, Fatty Wap, or Soulja Boy, but it’s understandable I guess. A lot of Kendrick followers didn’t like TPAB simply because it was too different from his previous albums, but I guess I enjoyed the messages behind most of the songs to care too much about the production (even though I liked the production too) of the album. Most music on the radio nowadays isn’t worth listening to because of their messages.. I enjoyed reading your post even though it differed from my review.

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    1. And thank you and yes I know I didn’t want to rate his album so low myself as Kendrick is one of the elite rappers in the game right now. It’s well put together album, none the less and will be one of the best albums to date

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    1. Thank you .. I hope I win lol continuing to add more content to my blog daily.read ur blog post and loved it and I loved Rihanna video to I would have felt the same way for someone stealing money from me.

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      1. I enjoy your blog very much, I need to start showing it more. Great review by the way. I haven’t been able to sit down and listen to it through and through yet. I’ve heard all of the songs, but this isn’t an album I can just play, you know? And I agree regarding Rihanna’s video.

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      2. Thank you I appreciate the love . Funny how people you don’t even know support you but friends won’t if you know what I mean. But more content coming soon 🙂 I wish I could do this for a living lol

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  2. I have always had a hard time listening to rap. It started in my children’s generation and there is the old adage that parents always hate the next generation’s music. And what I heard was so violent. But over the years it started to change. I’ve heard music I’ve liked, when it is mixed using other music. But the thing that is best is now many messages are about injustices and that is what my blog is about. It is what people need to hear. Often the lyrics are very powerful.

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