I want to rant.
Here is what I think about Kendrick Lamar’s latest album To Pimp A Butterfly:
First of all, this album in NOT FOR YOUR CASUAL LISTENER.
With that said, it’s a very artistic piece of work. TPAB is deep and heavy. It has live instruments and jazz backgrounds. It’s not 100% pure hip-hop.
And that’s why I like it.
Some of my friends have called K.Dot’s second album overhyped.
But their not real fans. So I can’t really blame them.
Me? I’ve been listening since 2008. And it all started with one song.
That song was “Wanna Be Heard” of his self titled LP – Kendrick Lamar.
Since then, I’ve been peeping his music. I remember when Kendrick dropped his OD project (Overly Dedicated) back in 2010 and no website (besides itunes) had it available for download!
Then, I actually reached out to @kendricklamarTDE (Yes, that was his old handle) on twitter & he actually replied back!
I knew this guy was going to be big so I favorite’d the tweet just to prove it to ppl in the future. Peep the tweet below!
Needless to say I’m a HUGE fan of the dude. Therefore, of course (!) I’m going to support his music.
In my opinion, Kendrick did this for his die hard fans. He’s testing his audience. He is (like says he is) – a “Black Hippy”.
To Pimp A Butterfly reflects that. It has spoken word poems, but through social/political commentary. It even has an appearance by the legendary Tupac Shakur! It’s all over the place, and yet its a reflection of he’s been going through.
For those who say TPAB suck, you just don’t get the big picture. And that’s okay. We all don’t. But if you keep listening to it, you’ll start to figure out the pieces of this work.
Now, I know lots of ppl do LOVE this album and give it praise for its artistry; but for those who don’t get it, I understand why too.
The new album’s title, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” is, most obviously, a play on the title of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It also represents a collision of the beautiful and the mercenary. To pimp a butterfly is to offer the innermost self—in the classical tradition, Psyche, the soul, was often pictured as a butterfly—up for sale. It is to extract profit from struggle. Hip-hop has been here many times before, turning and turning on the question of whether riches and fame, dispensed to a lucky few, are fair reparation for the ongoing hardship of millions. “They punish the people that’s asking questions,” Tupac rapped on “Me Against the World.” “And those that possess steal from the ones without possessions.” [Exert from the New Yorker]
But please don’t dismiss TPAB as a FLOP, it’s artwork – therefore subjective, but regardless, it is art.
Boom! Subject ether’d.