It’s incontestable to say that the world instantly craved for Kendrick Lamar to deliver something as timeless and monumentally gratifying as his sophomore Album “good kid, m.A.A.d city”, but the reality of it is that “To pimp a butterfly” is pure Genius. The parallel is that Kendrick Lamar took a play on 70’s funk and delivered both a poetically and politically conscious record for the community or pimps if you may. Even its cover art has a distinct message, with a photo of guys standing shirtless in front of the lawn of the White House. With Kendrick’s single’s “I “ and “The Blacker The Berry” being the forefronts from beginning to end Kendrick’s Third studio Album “To Pimp a butterfly” is electrifying; it deliberately showcases his internal growth represented as a caterpillar into a butterfly which he explains throughout each 16 tracks of the LP. With the haunting reminder that we come after a long list of powerful leaders who had a positive voice in society, Kendrick mentions of “Nelson Mandela” and a conversational piece of Tupac in the song “Mortal Man” has listeners fully engaged and humbled by its message. Tupac explains that the people in the communities are truly the foundation of it all, and even goes on to speak of his journey and ultimately what he thought about the future generation.
“The excerpts of 2Pac’s conversation with Kendrick were taken from a 1994 interview with the Swedish radio show P3 Soul, hosted by Mats Nileskär” – RapGenius.com
“Wesley Theory” which is Kendrick’s first track, opens with a Boris Gardiner sample, it is instantly one of the brilliant tracks of the album, and plays into “when a nigga gets money”, Kendrick even throws a crack at Wesley Snipes situation with the U.S government back in 2010 for not paying taxes. The songs “For Free” and “For sale” are both interludes . “King Kunta” is taken from the story of Roots, Kendrick raps on the term Yams, which can mean a list of things, such as power, wealth and even drugs. But the message the song plays on a black man in America even if wealthy, he can be a slave to society. The thrilling song leads into the message of the track “Institutionalized” Produced by Rahki and Tommy Black, the song features Anna Wise, Bilal and Snoop Dogg. The smooth track is hypnotic and expresses the theme that Life can being like a box of chocolate”.
“These Walls” Kendrick’s 5th track is definitely the sensual one. You couldn’t do anything but love it, with its soulful vibe. The song echo’s the line “If these walls could talk” with Kendrick Rapping about tearing it up in the bed. The latter message on the end of the track is a poem that Kendrick continues reads to Tupac in “Mortal Man”. Kendrick’s storyline connects to every track on the album. “Momma”, ”Hood Politics” and “Alright” are immediate standouts and favorites of “To Pimp a butterfly”. Kendrick’s song “u”, is expressive of a complicated love within himself, dealing with deep dark place of depression. The uplifting song “Alright” has Pharrell Williams on the hook and assures that with faith and God on your side, nothing can go wrong even despite the bad times, everything will be alright. The song “Momma” carries an old school flow and testifies that in the light of it all Kendrick returns to his roots and doesn’t forget where he came from.” Complexion (A Zulu Love)” which features Rapsody is catchy. Its message deals with color of African Americans, and the love he has for it. Its vital meaning is important to the integrity of Black people. Rapsody raps of the track vigorously and goes deep into the beauty of self. “Hood Politics” is a song where Kendrick speaks on how he doesn’t care about the politics of rap, with beef or with people discussing things that are irrelevant to real life situations. Its goes on to say that people like that have their priorities backwards.
In Hindsight, the entity of this Compilation is Immaculate and much needed in Hip-Hop. Kendrick Lamar continues to deliver a powerful message within every song he conveys and even looks into how he is paying the way for the generations to come, similar to those who did the same for him.[yasr_overall_rating size=”medium”]