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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
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  1. Positive: 44 out of 44
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 44
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  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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  1. Negative: 16 out of 394
  1. Mar 29, 2018
    10
    A Beautiful album with layers and upon layers of interesting themes and topics
  2. Mar 15, 2016
    10
    This is a very well developed album from Kendrick Lamar. Somehow he always maintains to give the listener a message to think about. In a timeThis is a very well developed album from Kendrick Lamar. Somehow he always maintains to give the listener a message to think about. In a time where rappers are focused on cadence and melodic flows..Kendrick still stays true to himself by delivering some technical rhyme schemes and patterns. His message and lyrical ability fused with funk creates something unique to modern rap music. Expand
  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 1, 2016
    10
    This is an album that after only being released a year ago is being deemed a classic, and rightfully so. The production is catchy and jazzy,This is an album that after only being released a year ago is being deemed a classic, and rightfully so. The production is catchy and jazzy, the lyrics deep and philosophical, and features varied and great. One of the best albums of 2015 and one of the best rap records of the past decade.

    I've been a fan of Kendrick's since his debut Section .80. He continually impresses me and put together a great concept album with his sophomore album. To Pimp a Butterfly is even more grand than that. The lyrics are coded, but can be read into. "Blacker the Berry" is a real highlight discussing racial issues with a killer beat and a great chorus. "Alright" and "King Kunta" are very catchy songs and the jazzy beats on "These Walls" and "Wesley's Theory" are stellar.

    This album requires multiple listens. It discusses grand issues and lets you the listener decide what to think about these issues. The features lead to some great experimental moments and the use of horns and saxes mesh well. Can't recommend this album enough.
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  5. Aug 29, 2015
    10
    To Pimp A Butterfly is an incredible album, filled with incredible sounds and real meaningful content. All tracks tell a different story andTo Pimp A Butterfly is an incredible album, filled with incredible sounds and real meaningful content. All tracks tell a different story and never fail to entertain. An incredible entry into an outstanding and very aware artists career and into hip hop history. The jazzy and classical sounds may steer fans of the more mainstream good kid, m.A.Ad city away, but a true hip hop listener will understand and appreciate the message being given out that Kendrick Lamar has gifted us with. From the west coast sounds in "King Kunta", to the boom bap styled "The Blacker The Berry", this record truly shows the creative genius of Hip Hop's current number 1. Expand
  6. Mar 18, 2015
    10
    Coming from his church-based roots, Kendrick Lamar has delivered a sermon that will stand the test of time among the gods of Hip-Hop that cameComing from his church-based roots, Kendrick Lamar has delivered a sermon that will stand the test of time among the gods of Hip-Hop that came before him. But as the newfound King stands at his pulpit delivering a speech that the entire nation needs to hear, he's really just speaking to himself. It's a sermon that must be heard to be believed. 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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