Kendrick Lamar broke the internet this weekend with the release of his highly anticipated third album, To Pimp A Butterfly.
The accidental iTunes release took place a week prior to its originally schedule debut date. Since then the link has been removed however, the album is up for presale and streaming.
On this album, K.Dot reveals some of his most ‘honest, fearful and unapologetic’ work yet. Sampling from every genre from 70’s funk to millennium jazz, Lamar uses this album to touch base on social issues, action and change. He uses his clever word play and delivery to express his thoughts on destroying the negative connotation behind the word “nigger” and also sneaks at the rappers lowest points in life.
Some of the most memorable moments on the album come from the surprise cameo of voice messages from the Isley Brothers, Dr. Dre and the late great Tupac Shakur. Dre delievers wise words on how it is easy to obtain success but more difficult to maintain it. Tupac is featured on the final song of the album, Mortal Man in which samples from a 1994 Tupac interview with Swedish journalist Mats Nileskär are intertwined to form an inspiring, humbling moment as Lamar looks to a hero for guidance as he finds himself becoming more of an influencer and spokesperson of a generation, similar to ‘Pac.
You can stream To Pimp A Butterfly on spotify and preorder on iTunes now.
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