Kendrick Lamar released his To Pimp a Butterfly on Spotify and iTunes today. The album was expected to be released on March 23rd, but the project somehow got dropped today. According to Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment CEO, Anthony Tiffith, the album was accidentally released via Interscope. “I WOULD LIKE 2 PERSONALLY THANK @Interscope FOR F***ING UP OUR RELEASE… SOMEBODY GOTS 2 PAY 4 THIS MISTAKE,” Tiffith wrote on Twitter. While fans are very confused by the unexpected release, no one is complaining about the album dropping today. Even though this may be the most bizarre “surprise” release to date, the rapper’s fans are already highly praising To Pimp a Butterfly.
The 16-track project features guest appearances by George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Ronald Isley, and more. To Pimp a Butterfly’s single, “The Blacker the Berry,” has been hailed a modern day Public Enemy record because of its message of being black and being proud of it. “The Blacker the Berry” also addresses police brutality in the black community.
Lamar said the title To Pimp a Butterfly was inspired by Harper Lee’s To a Kill a Mockingbird novel. The rapper stated putting the word “pimp” beside the word “butterfly,” was done in order to spark a conversation. Lamar told Rolling Stone magazine that he believes “To Pimp a Butterfly” will be a phrase taught in college courses. The album, which was inspired by Miles Davis, was produced by the Digi+Phonics, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da, Flying Lotus (Chance the Rapper and Mac Miller), Terrace Martin (Nipsey Hussle, Snoop Dogg, and Talib Kweli), Rahki (Eminem, 50 Cent, and Curren$y), and others.
To Pimp A Butterfly’s track list is as follows: 01. “Wesley’s Theory” (featuring George Clinton & Thundercat) 02. “For Free?” (Interlude) 03. “King Kunta” 04. “Institutionalized” (featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg) 05. “These Walls” (featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, & Thundercat) 06. “U” 07. “Alright” 08. “For Sale?” (Interlude) 09. “Momma” 10. “Hood Politics” 11. “How Much a Dollar Cost” (featuring James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley) 12. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” [featuring Rapsody] 13. “The Blacker the Berry” 14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)” 15. “i” 16. “Mortal Man.”
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