We give you a rundown of each track on "To Pimp a Butterfly".
Last night, Kendrick Lamar, or someone at Interscope, perhaps, released To Pimp a Butterfly a week ahead of its initial March 23 release date. Already the most anticipated album of the year, Kendrick's follow-up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City is unlike anything he's ever done, though it could've only come from the man himself.
Instead of trying to capture any cutting-edge sounds, the album, somehow, throws together decades worth of West Coast music into a cohesive listen. Kendrick surely had a say in every aspect of the album, though a slew of unexpected features, including: Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Snoop Dogg, and Ronald Isley give the album the sort of far-out flavor that we haven't heard since, well, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. To Pimp a Butterfly is funkier, more conceptual, more political, and ultimately, more ambitious than its predecessor.
Yes, there is some meaning to be found within the album title. Kendrick Lamar is a truly narrative-focused MC, and TPAB plays like a fully engaging piece of cinema, with a host of unforgettable characters along the way. And Kendrick acts out all the emotions that could possibly occur within his tormented, brilliant soul. Along the way, we hear the many zany voices of K-Dot take shape, and when he raps with soulshaking fury, at times driving himself to tears, the project's authenticity becomes undeniable.
We've put together a track-by-track guide to Kendrick's latest album. Of course, there are countless other details to uncover, but, alas, it's only been out a day.
Your move, Kanye.