To Pimp A Butterfly (CD) [Explicit]


Kendrick Lamar

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Amoeba Review

03/17/2015

Kendrick Lamar’s breakthrough second album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, left such an impression that hype for a follow-up has been through the roof. So forgive the Compton rapper if he kind of Beyonce’d To Pimp a Butterfly, teasing singles before announcing a release date and suddenly putting it out a week early. Pulling the rug out from hype and inevitable backlash, it gives us a change to all hear To Pimp a Butterfly at once, in all its glory. Butterfly doubles down on the idiosyncracies of good kid, eschewing club-friendly tracks in favor of those that cast a light on Lamar’s pure skills as a rapper and wordsmith—always celebrated, yet perhaps distracted by stellar production and good kid’s concept-album style—as well as his ability to put together a layered and compelling album. Tracks like the “For Free” interlude are showcases for Lamar’s dexterity, while “u’s” desperate, verge-on-tears delivery find him at his most vulnerable —Drake’s never done anything like this. The production across To Pimp a Butterfly, courtesy of such luminaries as Flying Lotus and Thundercat, like those artists’ work (and similarly to D’Angelo’s recently released Black Messiah), effortlessly melds hip-hop, R&B and jazz on excellent tracks like the off-kilter “Institutionalized” and gorgeous “These Walls” to exist in some mystery middle space, without drawing attention away from Lamar’s star power. While headier tracks dominate the album, Lamar unleashes a couple of huge singles at the album’s closing. At first, “i” could come off as Lamar’s “sell out” track, catchy enough to sit alongside Pharrell’s “Happy” as a crowd-friendly that sands off his rough edges, but it serves as a bit of a breather here, dressed up in The Isley Brothers’ unstoppable “Who’s That Lady,” though Lamar’s lyrics remain deeply dark, exposing his own depression, and a spoken word passage that delves into a discussion on racial slurs adds context. Following the reclaiming of racial stereotypes on the absolutely killer “The Blacker the Berry,” To Pimp a Butterfly ends ultimately feeling conflicted yet triumphant. It’s a deep, complicated work, yet not one that feels the slightest bit overstuffed or overwrought. Kendrick Lamar successfully defies all expectations yet again, on what’s sure to be one of the year’s best albums.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wesley's Theory
Kendrick Lamar 04:47
2.
For Free? (Interlude)
Kendrick Lamar 02:10
3.
King Kunta
Kendrick Lamar 03:54
4.
Institutionalized
Kendrick Lamar 04:31
5.
These Walls
Kendrick Lamar 05:00
6.
U
Kendrick Lamar 04:28
7.
Alright
Kendrick Lamar 03:39
8.
For Sale? (Interlude)
Kendrick Lamar 04:51
9.
Momma
Kendrick Lamar 04:43
10.
Hood Politics
Kendrick Lamar 04:52
11.
How Much A Dollar Cost
Kendrick Lamar 04:21
12.
Complexion
Kendrick Lamar 04:23
13.
The Blacker the Berry
Kendrick Lamar , Assassin 05:28
14.
You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
Kendrick Lamar 04:01
15.
i
Kendrick Lamar 05:36
16.
Mortal Man
Kendrick Lamar 12:07

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