I Still Refuse to Review Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Album

Here's why...

I completely understand that this is a weird post since it's about how I won't be doing a follow-up review of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, not yet. That's right, this is an article about the lack of an article, which is an insane thing write a post about

But ever since my "1 Listen Review" over a week ago I've been hit with a daily barrage via the comment section, my Twitter timeline and email asking me when I'm going to do a more in-depth review. Believe me, the urge to fold under the pressure is very real, I'd certainly get more pageviews doing it now than in a month. But even on my first listen I knew this was an album that couldn't be rushed, that I shouldn't really, truly talk about it again until I had spent weeks listening to it, until I felt like I had a firm grasp on Kendrick's vision, and I'm not there yet. 

I'm only just beginning to hear the small details, like the way Pharrell enunciates the "t" i "we gon' be alright!" I'm just going to need more time to hear it in the car, at the gym, while I'm waiting at the airport, in every scenario I can think of, before I feel like I can say anything true about it's potential to become a classic (my critic brethren don't have the same level of patience). 

So I made this quick video, both as a placeholder until my actual "Take 2" review arrives, whenever that will be, and so I can save myself some time and reply to everyone who asks for the review with a link to this post. Sorry people, but if we're not willing to invest time in letting great music become great, maybe we don't deserve it.



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