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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release from the hip hop artist features guest appearances from Bilal, George Clinton, James Fauntleroy, Ronald Isley, Rapsody, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, and Anna Wise.
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Is this mic on? Hey! Hey! Turn the mic up! I want the mic We bringing up nobody-nobody-nobody But the number one rapper in the world He done... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
  3. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Apr 27, 2015
    100
    This is an important--a very important--piece of work that will stand the test of time. It’s also an utter blast to listen to and live with.
  2. 100
    Kendrick can’t be Pac or know everything it took to be him, but he isn’t going to let doubts stop him from making groundbreaking music. With To Pimp a Butterfly, it’s never been more apparent that he’s doing just that and prepared to stride past any and all obstacles.
  3. Mar 25, 2015
    100
    Rather, it is not a rap album; it is the absolute rap album. There is craft here (and in fact this is the most musical mainstream rap record since Aquemini) but just enough room for it.
  4. Mar 18, 2015
    90
    It’s a rare record that gives us a call to action, something to act on after the beats drop out and we’re left in silence.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 29, 2015
    90
    A genuine 2015 classic. [Jun 2015, p.77]
  6. Mar 23, 2015
    90
    At brief points Lamar does err on the side of self-indulgence, but for the most part his grandiosity is matched by his talent. A worthy follow up to its platinum-selling predecessor, To Pimp A Butterfly stands as a fearless and uncompromising manifestation of Lamar's desire to push the culture of rap forwards--a crusade that's as much in his blood as the city of Compton.
  7. Mar 17, 2015
    80
    At its best, it’s a howling work of black protest art on par with Amiri Baraka’s incendiary play “Dutchman,” or David Hammons’s moving decapitated hoodie “In the Hood”.... He hasn’t outrun his tendency toward clutter. He is a dense rapper, and even though he’s more at ease with the music now, he still runs the risk of suffocation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 393
  1. Apr 23, 2018
    10
    9.5/10................................................................................................................................................
  2. Apr 10, 2016
    10
    With the release of TPAB, it seems as if people all around the world are giving this album solid 10s and giving it the album of the year spotWith the release of TPAB, it seems as if people all around the world are giving this album solid 10s and giving it the album of the year spot and even claiming it to be the best hip hop record of the decade, and honestly, I can absolutely see why. On first sight, for those who loved good kid m.A.A.d city this is going to be a departure, and many might see the jazzy influence and say "no". I say to those, listen, and listen again, because this album is one of the most important albums to our generation. A social commentary regarding what is contemporary America, if not the world. Race, sex, depression, acceptance, injustice, violence, every single heavy theme has been layered onto this album eloquently and lightly, with Kendrick giving his side of the view, and sometimes, others' as well. An example being when he is talking about the outrage of police violence to the white man, but balancing that with a commentary on gangs and gang violence to the black community as well. This combined with nostalgic yet contemporary jazzy, smooth, rich production makes this album one of the most artistically and lyrically intelligent and stellar albums, and one that must be experienced on a whole. This album is incredible, and even non-hip hop fans will have some form of appreciation.

    There's no reason for a black man to be given these awards willy nilly, thats not how our society works, unless it's Kendrick - it's that good.

    If his next album (excusing untitled unmastered.) is better than this, Kendrick will objectively become the best rapper of all time.
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  3. Mar 17, 2015
    10
    Run the Jewels 2 + Black Messiah + Random Access Memories + Yeezus + Run the Jewels + good kid, m.A.A.d city + London Zoo + Geogaddi +Run the Jewels 2 + Black Messiah + Random Access Memories + Yeezus + Run the Jewels + good kid, m.A.A.d city + London Zoo + Geogaddi + Amnesiac + Things Fall Apart + Aquemeni + Music is Rotted One Note + The Chronic + Loveless + Laughing Stock + Sign "☮" the Times + Aja + Physical Graffiti + Expensive **** + Innervisions + Exile on Main Street + Superfly + Maggot Brain + There's a Riot Goin' On + Electric Ladyland + The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady = To Pimp a Butterfly

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  4. Apr 7, 2017
    10
    This was an amazing Album, Kendrick yet again makes music for an album like he's writing a book. would recommend it to anyone who likesThis was an amazing Album, Kendrick yet again makes music for an album like he's writing a book. would recommend it to anyone who likes hip-hop that paints a picture and tells an engaging and interesting story of trials and tribulations and personal suffering. Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2015
    10
    To Pimp A Butterfly is a beautiful album- and definitely the best since Daft Punk's 2013 masterpiece Random Access Memories. Steeped in soulTo Pimp A Butterfly is a beautiful album- and definitely the best since Daft Punk's 2013 masterpiece Random Access Memories. Steeped in soul and funk, and very sexually and socially charged, Kendrick Lamar's sophomore album is a classic, and people will continue to listen to it for decades to come. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    Masterpiece, the best album that has been released in 10 year along with D'Angelo's Black Messiah,timeless music , cant wait to grab theMasterpiece, the best album that has been released in 10 year along with D'Angelo's Black Messiah,timeless music , cant wait to grab the physical copy, it gets all my money , blood, sweet,and tears and pain into this project... respect King Kendrick Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2018
    0
    Kendrick fanboys inflated this album. TPAB is trash and literally unlistenable. Kendrick is the most overrated artist in years.

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