Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Posted March 15, 2015

It's been more than two years since Kendrick Lamar shook up the hip-hop world with his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and after astronomical anticipation, his next album is finally on the horizon.

Although originally slated to be released on March 23, a mistake by Interscope Records means that Kendrick's album is officially out now! Features come from Bilal, Rapsody, Thundercat, James Fauntleroy and more, with production from the likes of Boi-1da, Sounwave, Pharrell, Rakhi and others.

To Pimp a Butterfly is available for purchase now via iTunes and is streaming via Spotify.

To Pimp a Butterfly Album Review

Holy. Moses. 

I'm not sure what's happening in life right now. It feels like my parents invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner, but when I showed up insted of serving turkey and mashed potatoes they screamed, "Surprise! It's actually Christmas, and we were also kidding about Santa, he really is real," and then Santa walked into the room and said, "That's right, it's me motherfucker," and then he handed me those sick rollerblades I wanted in sixth grade but tragically never got and then I put on the rollerblades and they're fucking amazing. That's exactly what having this album right now feels like. Here is a picture of what my soul looks like:  
Crazy White Girl

Whether Interscope Records accidentally released Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly on iTunes early or Interscope somehow leaked the album and TDE responded by putting it on iTunes early, at the moment all I know is that Interscope somehow screwed up and now we officially have the album in our sweaty, greedy digital hands more than a week before it was originally supposed to drop. 

In other words, instead of masturbating and falling asleep on the couch reading the collected works of Tolstoy tonight like I originally planned, I'm now wide awake and about to do the biggest 1 Listen Review in the history of 1 Listen Reviews. For those entirely new to the concept you should probably read this, but the short version is that you're about to read is a literal second-by-second account of the first time I listened to To Pimp A Butterfly. I'm not allowed to pause the album or rewind a track, and I similarly can't go back and edit what I first wrote. This is pure gut reaction, and as pure gut reaction it's absurd to think it could stand in for a well-thought out review that places the album in its proper historical context, so I'll be reviewing the album again in a month(s) when I've been able to really marinate on it. 

Right now though, like sex, for better or worse there's a first time for everything, and this is the first time I heard Kendrick Lamar's insanely-anticipated To Pimp a Butterfly.  


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Posted March 15, 2015
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