Well, that didn't take very long.
Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, has achieved a score of 96 on Metacritic, a website that aggregates reviews of music albums from major newspapers, magazines, and digital publishers.
According to the website, a Metascore "distills the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number." In the case of TPAB, that number, 96, now represents the highest rated hip-hop LP of all-time.
That is not a misprint.
Thanks to perfect marks from 11 outlets, including New York Daily News, Consequence of Sound and Spin, as well as near-perfect marks from 26 others, the TDE superstar's third full-length album moved past the previous all-time leader, Stankonia by Outkast.
Are critics and reviewers being prisoners of the musical moment, or is TPAB already among the greatest bodies of work ever made?