When Compton flame spitter Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly dropped about a week in advance from its scheduled release, I was eager to give it a listen. I enjoyed his last two projects Good Kid M.A.A.D City and Section.80, and have seen Kendrick in concert a couple times. I even had the pleasure of meeting him backstage at the House of Blues in L.A. in 2013.
To Pimp a Butterfly is quite possibly the best album I’ve heard all year. Every track from start to finish is practically a masterpiece in its own. The Thundercat production is outstanding along with the pro-black conscious lyrics. This record has sort of a jazz-poetic vibe to it, which is like non other. What’s different is the 2pac ending on the track “Mortal Man.” My favorite tracks would have to be “Alright” produced by Pharrell and the opening song “Wesley’s Theory” featuring George Clinton and Thundercat. Without a doubt To Pimp a Butterfly flies in at 5/5 flies! (Pun intended!)