Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly - 2015 Hip Hop -Sealed 180 Grm 2LP
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
Label: Top Dawg Entertainment B0023464-01, Aftermath Entertainment B0023464-01, Interscope Records B0023464-01
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
2xLP gatefold sleeve.
Released: 23 Oct 2015
Genre: Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style: Conscious, Jazzy Hip-Hop, Hardcore Hip-Hop
A1 Wesley's Theory
Featuring George Clinton, Thundercat
A2 For Free? (Interlude)
A3 King Kunta
Featuring Anna Wise, Bilal, Snoop Dogg
A5 These Walls
Featuring Anna Wise, Bilal, Thundercat
B3 For Sale? (Interlude)
C1 Hood Politics
C2 How Much a Dollar Cost
Featuring James Fauntleroy II, Ronald Isley
C3 Complexion (A Zulu Love)
C4 The Blacker the Berry
Featuring Assassin, Lalah Hathaway
D1 You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
D3 Mortal Man
Arranged By [String Arrangements] Kamasi Washington, Sounwave, Terrace Martin
Mastered By Mike Bozzi
Mixed By Derek "MixedByAli" Ali
This album is like a course taught by your favourite professor in university. Where other professors/teachers have failed to reach and pull you in before, there's the one that captures your attention and allows you to appreciate what's being presented to you, more than you ever thought possible. It's a complex poem, allowing you to relate to certain issues, see the other side of things, and bring it all to an understanding. The complexities could be a bit overwhelming at first. As good of an album as this is, it's not a casual first-listen. It really needs to be absorbed many times over, in order to really present itself to the listener.
The themes are important, and are present at all times throughout the album. It deals with race relations from different angles, personal choices (both positive and negative), sex, etc. The struggle between Kendrick's fame and his roots is something that arises quite often, and with good reason. Compton provides a lot of inspiration, as was evident with Kendrick's previous effort, 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'. But with 'To Pimp A Butterfly', it's not about the pressures of growing up with your peers. It's more about the maturation of oneself and the natural pull that many people have to where they came from. You can literally hear Kendrick going through moments of self-doubt, guilt, realization, and triumph. And whether songs like 'u' make you uncomfortable or not, the fact of the matter is that we all feel this way at many different times throughout our lives. We're not all Kendrick, but he makes you feel, which is not always a simple task.
Representing certain themes is just one half of this album. The instrumentation and production are quite spectacular. String arrangements, saxophones, free-jazz moments, guitars, bass, etc., all come alive through the sonically funky production, which is pleasing on many tracks, but can also be hard-hitting on others. Gathering instrumental/vocal talents like Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, Anna Wise, Bilal, Rapsody, George Clinton, etc., Kendrick has provided us with a soundscape that begs to be repeated over and over in order to explore all of the details. But it's Kendrick himself who offers lyrics that are thought-provoking, witty, and complementary to these stunning instrumentals. You want to hear what he has to say because his delivery is so on-point and quick, but also because he manipulates his voice in order to match the moods being presented to the listener. It's not just about what he presents, but how he presents it. And like I explained in the introduction, you'll hang on to his every word because he has a clear knowledge of what he's saying, and has the confidence to tackle it all in an album that showcases a wonderful vulnerability.
Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta Live @ Wireless 2015 HD
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Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta
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Kendrick Lamar Performs 'These Walls'
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Kendrick Lamar - Alright (songs)
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Kendrick Lamar - i (Official Video)
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|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|