Looking at the less obvious influences on Kendrick Lamar's new album.
Kendrick Lamar’s latest installment into his discography To Pimp a Butterfly has only been a part of the Hip Hop world less than a week and yet critics, fans, and fellow musicians alike aren’t shying away from heralding it as a modern day classic.
By looking at the credits of the record, you’d be able to track some of Lamar’s musical influences. Multiple appearances by Thundercat and even a cameo by George Clinton will allude to some of the albums’ funky roots. With coinciding release dates, name drops, and even on-album conversations all referencing Tupac Shakur, it’s impossible to keep him out of the conversation.
But let’s get investigative about this, shall we? It’s only fitting that with an album so ripe with recognition of Pac, whose lyrics are constantly probed for meaning and influence, that we turn on our detective vision and traverse the innards of To Pimp a Butterfly in effort to unlock some of the less obvious influences on the record.
Check out these 3 less obvious influences found on Lamar’s newest effort.