Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is arguably one of the most important albums of this generation. Coming off of his classic album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, many were wondering what his second outing would be like and when it would come. After all, it was a 3 year wait before he came back with his third studio album. For the most part, it was well worth the wait.
The album also came at a pivotal time in our culture. This was around the time where there was an huge uproar because of all the killing of unarmed black men and women. So the content of the album was based around us as a people and our struggles in society. For somebody to sacrifice mainstream success of an album to get a point across showed what kind of person Kendrick is. However, the album reached mainstream success nonetheless.
TPAB debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with amazing critical acclaim reviews. It won Best Rap Album at the 58th annual Grammy awards and his singles “i” and “Alright” each won a Grammy as well. Within 3 months of it’s release, it was certified platinum.
With all that being said, the album was very solid top to bottom. With executive producing credits to OG’s such as Top Dawg, Dr. Dre, and Dave Free, you can see why. The instrumentation was amazing, the content was second to none with impeccable timing, it had the critical acclaim and the success. The only thing I would say is because of how heavy and complex the content is, it isn’t an easy listen. The replay value on the album isn’t extremely high because of it.
With all that being said, happy 3rd birthday to To Pimp a Butterfly.