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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
  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: 24 out of 501
  1. Sep 25, 2019
    10
    Amazing album but not as good as good kid m.a.a.d city but in my opinion, they're both tens.
  2. Dec 19, 2016
    10
    This isn't a typical rap album. This isn't even a typical excellent rap album. Rather, this album exemplifies the current times we live in,This isn't a typical rap album. This isn't even a typical excellent rap album. Rather, this album exemplifies the current times we live in, when racial inequality exists, especially when unarmed black men are killed by white people in disproportionate numbers. Not to mention, income inequality still exists, although the black community are making progress. That's not mentioning the musicality of this album, which takes influences from jazz, but with a palpable gusto on alerting people about current affairs. As for the musicality, this album has made an influence on David Bowie's "Blackstar," which is also critically acclaimed as this album. I say, To Pimp a Butterfly isn't an album to ignore. 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. May 10, 2020
    10
    Masterpiece. Kendrick presents a new way to understand the Hip Hop. Beautiful poem. Wonderful experience and instrumentalization.
  5. Mar 22, 2015
    10
    This album will go down as a classic. The beats, lyrics and messages throughout this album are great with no lows. Kendrick's best album andThis album will go down as a classic. The beats, lyrics and messages throughout this album are great with no lows. Kendrick's best album and one of the greatest albums to ever come out. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2015
    10
    A masterpiece if ever there was one. A classic and a half. Simply brilliant.A masterpiece if ever there was one. A classic and a half. Simply brilliant. .................................................................................................... Expand
  7. Aug 30, 2019
    0
    No me gusto absolutamente nada, tiene mejores álbumes que este, le doy un cero.

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