Kendrick Lamar was expected to release his second studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly, next Monday March 23. But as of 11:50 last Sunday night, a clean version of the album was released on iTunes. It didn’t take very long for the explicit version to release about ten minuets later. Once the album was released on iTunes, it was immediately available on Spotify and other music streaming websites.
The album itself differs from what’s currently circulating through the rap and hip-hop industry so much, it already has a negative connotative. To me, the album is like a book and each song a chapter; you need to listen to all of the songs to understand the story.
The album relies heavily on jazz-styled music, layered over laid-back beats. The best way to describe the album is a modern day Tom Wait’s Rain Dogs: revolutionary to the industry and gives back meaning to writing music.
Going into the album, have an open mind and try not to compare the album to Good Kid m.A.A.d City. The two are totally different styles in the sense of both music and the meaning. If you only listen to one album or artist this week, let it be Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly.
Marissa McCall, staff writer