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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. Mar 23, 2015
    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: 24 out of 536
  1. Jan 22, 2020
    10
    The jazzy and almost simplistic instrumentals mixed with the smart and engaging story-telling makes this an album for the ages. Throughout theThe jazzy and almost simplistic instrumentals mixed with the smart and engaging story-telling makes this an album for the ages. Throughout the album, we are gifted a poem that continues throughout the story until it culminates in the 12-minute epic, Mortal Man. To add to this, the last line of the poem has to do with the song following it. For example, the poem at the end of These Walls ends with "I found myself screaming in the hotel room" and the next song, u, begins with Lamar screaming. If you want to know more about the complex story, I recommend listening to the Spotify Dissect Podcast. Meaning aside, the album just sounds great. Most of the album takes influence from smooth jazz, but there are certainly outliers. For example, one of my favorite songs on it, The Blacker The Berry, has a sort of rock instrumental that really works well with the message it is delivering. All in all, this is a perfect album that should be up there with All Eyez On Me and Ready To Die for the most influential rap albums of all time. Expand
  2. Apr 16, 2017
    10
    This album is unquestionably one of the best hip-hop albums of the 2010s and possible of all time. Kendrick describes his experiences as aThis album is unquestionably one of the best hip-hop albums of the 2010s and possible of all time. Kendrick describes his experiences as a black man in the music industry and in America, both the universal problems of black people and Kendrick's own personal conflicts are addressed across the album over jazzy, soulful instrumentals. It may take a while to adjust to this blend of spoken word and jazz but once the message of the album clicks then it is clear that it truly is a masterpiece. 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. Dec 2, 2020
    10
    To pimp A Butterfly is an absolute masterpiece of construction and art. Tells an terrific story of Kendrick Lamar trying to pimp his fame andTo pimp A Butterfly is an absolute masterpiece of construction and art. Tells an terrific story of Kendrick Lamar trying to pimp his fame and success to help the kids of Compton get through their struggle. Every song has great hooks mind blowing verses and includes soothing instruments of jazz and other funk elements. Their is not one bad song on this album and its a must listen no matter what. 10/10 Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    Kendrick Lamar delivers an album transcending the ambition and scope of his previous project, Good Kid M.A.A.D City, and delivers inKendrick Lamar delivers an album transcending the ambition and scope of his previous project, Good Kid M.A.A.D City, and delivers in spectacular fashion. Deep and layered, the story of "Butterfly" is wrapped up in a complex web of thematic strings. It may seem somewhat disjointed at first, but the songs eventually lead into a brilliant and powerful ending that tie all loose ends. Almost never are we privileged enough to hear a hunk of music so dense that even after 7 listens I'm still finding new intricacies that I haven't noticed before. For any fan of hip-hop, or any fan of music, or any fan of simply experiencing a good story unfold, this is a can't miss. Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2015
    10
    After the first time you listen to the album, one word comes into your mind: wow! To pimp a butterfly officially crowns Kendrick Lamar as theAfter the first time you listen to the album, one word comes into your mind: wow! To pimp a butterfly officially crowns Kendrick Lamar as the best hip hop artist of the 2010's. After an album as great as his previous one many doubted he could keep up with this kind of quality in an album, but in a 3 years period of work, Kendrick actually did it. The album IS as good as the previous one. With sharp Dre beats and dark and profound themes, Kendrick proves good hip-hop actually still exists in our era. The fact that his music didn't take a turn for the easy and commercial way out while still selling more than any other artist in the hip-hop industry makes us think there might still be hope for humanity. Expand
  7. Aug 30, 2019
    0
    No me gusto absolutamente nada, tiene mejores álbumes que este, le doy un cero.

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