Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp A Butterfly

2015
Third album from this LA rapper and songwriter.

This album was released 195 weeks ago.

92% ±9% 47 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Wesley's Theory
2 For Free? - Interlude
3 King Kunta
4 Institutionalized
5 These Walls
6 u
7 Alright
8 For Sale? - Interlude
9 Momma
10 Hood Politics
11 How Much A Dollar Cost
12 Complexion (A Zulu Love)
13 The Blacker The Berry
14 You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
15 i
16 Mortal Man
Rating Source
92% 4WIM Rating
100% Pretty Much Amaing City, the Grammys inexplicably paired the upstart rapper for a live performance with Imagine Dragons, a band that represents everything inoffensive and unforgivably dull about contemporary rock music.
100% Bearded Gentlemen Nor under normal circumstances could I think of a more foolhardy endeavor.  However, this is no typical record and I assure you that even though I’ve never heard it I’m nevertheless quite certain of its merits—in case you’re wondering, they’re vast and mighty.  I know it might sound impossible, but trust me, this will be an amazing album.
100% Gaffa (Denmark) Forud for udgivelsen blev der spekuleret i, om Kendrick ville bevæge sig i en mere kommerciel retning end på good kid, m.
100% TimeOut How to come to grips with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, an album so densely layered that no one (with the possible exception of Kendrick himself) has heard the whole thing?
100% Sputnik
100% Chicken Ham Music I shall try my best now to truly capture what this album represents in a way void of any hype of bias. Kendrick Lamar has found himself in a position that not many as musicians have before.
100% Somisop A.A.d city manage to convey a coherent and powerful story, but the individual songs held mass appeal on their own.
100% Tiny Mixtapes Judging from the pages upon pages already written about Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, you might think that critics have already exhausted the conversation within just the first week after its surprise release.
100% The 405 A.A.d city) and verse (on Big Sean's 'Control') of the last five years, Kendrick Lamar has had the eyes of the world on him, wondering where his highly observant mind would go next.
100% Renowned for Sound In 2015 Lamar’s poeticism, social awareness and deep political participation return in To Pimp A Butterfly, a sonic biography of the nation rather than the individual.
100% Earbuddy The result of this sort of attitude in the music industry is that it is hard to get excited about anything I hear on the radio these days.
100% Spin Say what you will about Kanye, the champion, but his unwillingness to stop explaining himself and let his music stand for itself gives the challenger an advantage.
100% Rolling Stone Magazine (Australia)
100% No Ripcord
100% The Telegraph Despite being leaked online a week early, LA rapper Kendrick Lamar’s third album went straight to number one on both sides of the Atlantic.
100% contactmusic.com So I've sat with 'To Pimp A Butterfly' for a good few weeks now, and I still don't feel like I've taken everything there is for me to take from this album.
100% Drowned in Sound There is a strong sense in which even attempting to write 'a review' of an album like Kendrick Lamar's second album, and masterpiece, To Pimp a Butterfly, is foolhardy.
100% NOW Toronto
100% New York Daily News On his astonishingly accomplished new album, Lamar writes even more vividly about the world at large.
100% Gaffa (Sweden) Att vi nu serveras ett album fött ur en person som verkar ha spenderat senaste åren helt oberörd av förväntningar, är i sig en prisvärd prestation.
95% Awful Sounds Sure the message has shifted from To Kill A Mockingbird which is obviously a metaphor for the more blatant racism, to now Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly which is the oppression of institutionalized racism.  It seems an incredibly profound message, and it certainly is a LOT to take in but with one swift and sudden release, Kendrick Lamar has triumphantly called for a change in the discussion.
93% The A.V. Club Lamar even subtitled the album “A Short Film By Kendrick Lamar,” a needlessly pretentious billing that telegraphed his cinematic vision for the project.
93% Pitchfork The "Good and Bad Hair" musical routine from Lee’s 1988 feature School Daze depicted black women grappling with colorism and exclusionary standards of American beauty.
91% The New Zealand Herald It's a tough listen at times, but Lamar's an enthralling rapper, switching up styles at ease and layering his songs with so much lyrical style it's impossible to take it all in over a few cursory listens.
90% Pop Matters Maybe he grew timid of the spotlight he so suddenly commanded since a few years ago, or maybe the controversial response to the album’s early singles—criticism that he was selling out, or that he was blaming the black community for their own disadvantages—was getting to him, but the consensus was that he appeared conflicted.
90% Slant Magazine In the thick of its release, the conversation surrounding Kendrick Lamar's extraordinary new album is bound to be mired in debate about its proximity to, or more specifically the distance it keeps from, the rap genre.
90% Billboard At the song's end he's talking to an incarcerated foe and explicitly referring to the narrative of his previous album, good kid, m.
90% The Line of Best Fit It’s an album that sprawls; ambitious and difficult and taking up exactly as much room as it likes.
90% Faster Louder But while good kid M.A.A.D City called itself “a short film”, To Pimp A Butterfly feels more like a novel, one that warrants those annotations by Michael Chabon.
90% Exclaim! Music
90% Under the Radar Magazine Mar 25, 2015 Web Exclusive By Patrick Bowman Kendrick Lamar is not reluctant when it comes to being the voice of a generation.
90% Music OMH Both albums seem to capture a rage and desire to examine in the wake of Ferguson, as well as featuring bold investigations of their creators' internal vulnerabilities behind the external egos.
90% Shields Gazette
90% Culture Collide There is a spoken word piece which reappears throughout the album and expands each time; in it Lamar speaks of the guilt he feels for escaping Compton while building a musical empire on its legacy and his Compton cred, of the overwhelming pressure that comes with being crowned the spokesperson of a community (one that he no longer can truly be a part of).
90% Pop Matters Maybe he grew timid of the spotlight he so suddenly commanded since a few years ago, or maybe the controversial response to the album’s early singles—criticism that he was selling out, or that he was blaming the black community for their own disadvantages—was getting to him, but the consensus was that he appeared conflicted.
88% Absolute Punk
87% Rock NYC Yep, that is the subtext of the newly dropped third album, To Pimp A Butterfly (inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird), that and all the things it takes this 27 year old black man, and the black population surrounding him to reach the promised land.
83% Verdens Gang Lamars tilsynelatende manglende fokus ble også understreket av «I», den skuffende førstesingelen fra «To Pimp A Butterfly», hans tredje fullenger.
80% Rolling Stone Magazine (USA)
80% PressPLAY Taking a hugely different direction from his previous work, To Pimp A Butterfly echoes with the sonic influences of his collaborators Flying Lotus and Thundercat.
80% New Musical Express The beautiful 'These Walls' has the mellow sophistication of a 'Thriller' album cut, and 'How Much A Dollar Cost?', which relates an encounter with a tramp (who might really be God) in a garage forecourt, evokes the stately piano dirge of Radiohead's 'Pyramid Song'.
80% The Guardian Rich, burbling bass and a soulful chorus form the backdrop to Lamar worrying about being corrupted by the music industry on Wesley’s Theory.
80% DIY Magazine Three years on, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ has been mooted as a record that would speak openly about social injustice, speaking for a whole country rather than personal experiences closer to home.
80% State There are a large variety of themes and issues addressed on Kendrick Lamar’s third album – anger, depression and race to name a few.
80% Headstuff To Pimp a Butterfly closes with a conversation between its author Kendrick Lamar and the late Tupac Shakur.
80% Irish Times That he has chosen to do so against a large, radical rash of jazz and funk is hugely telling too, Lamar taking those black protest music standards to another level.
60% Dagens Nyheter Den femte låten på Kendrick Lamars nya album – släppt, och indraget, på iTunes en vecka före det tänkta släppdatumet, men fortfarande kvar på Spotify – heter ”These walls” och innehåller ett par mycket centrala textrader för ”To pimp a butterfly”.