Originally billed for a March 23 release, Kendrick Lamar surprises fans by releasing his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ a week early.  The album has a strong West Coast G-Funk influence throughout [which a Snoop Dogg feature only serves to strengthen!], and features previously released tracks ‘i‘, ‘The Blacker The Berry‘ and ‘King Kunta‘.  The album embodies Kendrick’s frustration at a political system that continues to disadvantage African Americans, and it’s wrought with political and social criticism.  The album is also dense with poetic technique, as characters representing personality traits waltz in and out of tracks that flip between stories of K-Dot’s Compton neighbourhood, political rhetoric and self-evaluation.  Make no mistake, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is a very different album to ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City’, but it’s every bit as brilliant.  Stream below via Spotify.


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