To Pimp a Butterfly is Kendrick Lamar’s third studio album. A departure from his past works, this record drops the regular hip-hop style for a dramatic, jazzy, flowing experience focusing on life in the inner city, racism, and oddly enough: love. The flow between songs in this album is remarkable and gives it the same feeling you’d get if you were watching a film. Almost every song on TPAB is well thought out, thoroughly produced, and carefully fine-tuned to make it a piece of a masterpiece. Kendrick flexes his muscles as a songwriter on this album quite a bit, using idioms, metaphors, and other such figures of speech; as well as complex and beautiful flows. In between some songs, Kendrick recites lines from a poem, growing longer as the album progresses, up until the end: where Lamar shares an interview with none other than Tupac Shakur. One downfall this album comes across is that some tracks don’t stand well on their own, serving the purpose of being part of the album rather than working as a single.
I give this album a 9.5/10. This album is so different and yet it works so well. This record is sure to go down as a classic.
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