Pimping Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

It is quite a year for rap music. The NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is in theaters, and four of the biggest names in rap have albums either out or due out soon. And they’re all ‘co-incidentally’ all over the news: Meek Mill and Drake are parading celebrity girlfriends and publicly tussling about integrity, Kanye has announced he will be running for President of the United States, and Eminem is linking arms with Louis Farrakhan’s October 10 civil rights march on Washington.

And yet most critics’ choice for album of the year, rap or otherwise, is likely going to be Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly. Why? Because it soars way, way, way past what the bling-laden, posturing louts have defined as rap for us.

The video above is Kendrick testing one of his pieces in a live performance on The Colbert Report last winter. There’s info in the comments about what he’s trying to say and do. No grunts. No shout outs. No bitches this and niggers that. An artist creating music that’s probably not even rap anymore, despite some rapping.


5 thoughts on “Pimping Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

  1. I’m glad he credited Terrace Martin in there: the music is pretty good…..

    The rap is a half-formed grab-bag of lazy stereotypes thrown together for some vague, ill-defined purpose (on the evidence of the lyrics, I reckon it’s more about attitudes to immortality than minority/majority power comparisons). And, although the language may be fairly toned-down, he still feels the need to point out what a valuable talent he has…..

  2. I just got an ad for the latest Frankie Boyle tour. He’s called it Hurt Like You’ve Never Been Loved, apparently ‘as a response to Kendrick Lamar’s last album’…..whatever that means.

  3. Ya yah yeah
    Ugh ugh ugh
    Ugh ugh ugh
    Wher my niggaz at gurl
    Ugh ugh ugh
    Ya yah yeah yaaah!

    Is that what you mean ?

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