Album Review: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick lamar is arguably one of the best rappers in the music industry and he released his highly anticipated album “ To Pimp a Butterfly.” Released March 16, this album has caused an uproar amongst young rap enthusiasts.

Beginning with the interesting title of the acclaimed rapper’s album, the name of the album tells a very interesting story about Kendrick Lamar’s rise to fame  “Me changing it to Butterfly, I just really wanted to show the brightness of life,” Lamar explained to MTV in a recent interview. “And the word ‘pimp’ has so much aggression and that represents several things. For me, it represents using my celebrity for good. Another reason is, not being pimped by the industry through my celebrity.”

The whole album seems to be a long extravagant poem featuring the voices of other highly influential rappers in the music industry.

The opener, “Wesley’s Theory”, turns the downfall of the action movie star who was arrested, Wesley Snipes, into a story with an underlying Faust Legend. Snoop Dog drops some words on “Institutionalized”; Dr Dre himself features in on “Wesley”. The mood is wry, theatrical, chaotic, ironic, and mournful, often all at once: On “For Free? (Interlude)” an impatient woman ticks off a laundry list of material demands before Kendrick snaps back and rhymes through a history of black oppression, spoken-word style, as if to say, “This money you crave, it’s blood money.” The album is tinged with godly grace notes, like a parable: God appears in the guise of a homeless man in “How Much a Dollar Cost”, and closer “Mortal Man” ends on a lengthy, unnerving fever-dream interview with the ghost of Tupac. This interesting feature gives the storyline of the album a much needed shock faster and an eerie feeling that does nothing but enhance the listening experience.

Overall, I would definitely suggest that you give Lamar’s album a long, in depth listen.