ALBUM REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar’s back and better than ever with his highly anticipated new album, To Pimp a Butterfly; a more evolved and personal release, it’s already being praised as an ‘iconic’.

Embraced by fans and critics alike, the album smashed Spotify’s global streaming record two times within its first two days of release. Hitting number one in the UK- a first for Lamar- the 79-minute follow up to 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city,  TPAB is ambitious, complicated and blunt with fear and honesty. 
Lyrically, it’s brilliant from head to toe- each track has something to offer and stands on its own. Leaving behind contemporary hip-hop structures and embracing jazz, soul and funk, TPAB is a testament to Lamar’s restless creativity. Inventive and explosive flow patterns make it a well-rounded listen, but it is unassumingly powerful lyrics that drive it home. 

“Momma” and “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” are seemingly straight hip-hop singles, but they’re deeper than they appear. In “How Much a Dollar Cost” Kendrick raps about skipping out on giving money to a homeless man, who is actually God.

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Lamar doesn’t disappoint with To Pimp A Butterfly- intense and raw, it takes a step away from the expected, and lets us in on the complex inner workings of his personal life with a great deal of  vagueness; this is a tricky balance to master, but he’s done it and he’s done it well.
Critics are calling this one iconic.

Verdict:  Explores fear, depression, isolation, freedom and faith. Explosive and personal, a must listen for lovers of Hip Hop, urban and R&B. 

Best tracks: King Kunta, momma, i, Institutionalized, The Blacker the Berry, Mortal Man. 

Overall rating: 8/10

To Pimp A Butterfly is available on iTunes now

Ahreo Liebenberg
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