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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 590
  1. Jan 23, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Well **** Kendrick went and did it again. This time even better. Once again the storytelling is incredible and the layers of meaning behind each track is unmatched in the rap game. Expand
  2. May 11, 2017
    10
    This album was so rich and so soundfull, i love how Kendrick mixed between smooth jazz and rap and i loved the lyrics they were so deep, iThis album was so rich and so soundfull, i love how Kendrick mixed between smooth jazz and rap and i loved the lyrics they were so deep, i think thats the best album of 2015 or i can the best album of the decade so far. 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. Sep 8, 2021
    10
    This is a masterpiece. Perfect piece of art and one of the best hip-hop albums of all time.
  5. Feb 26, 2016
    10
    Perfect album. innovative, creative, beautiful, political, intense, meaningful, complex, unbelievable flows, unbelievable beats, unbelievablePerfect album. innovative, creative, beautiful, political, intense, meaningful, complex, unbelievable flows, unbelievable beats, unbelievable instrumental and vocal performances from anna wise, great production by flying lotus, and outstanding instrumental work from artists like kamasi Washington and thundercat nominated for 11 grammys and should have won every one. Expand
  6. Mar 29, 2015
    10
    Nobody saw this coming, honestly neither did I. After the great album that was good kid, m.A.A.d city, with the hype of this album also cameNobody saw this coming, honestly neither did I. After the great album that was good kid, m.A.A.d city, with the hype of this album also came along a question "how can it be better than the last one?". I was one of those people who thought there was no way that Kendrick could surpass it, and I would be lying if I didn't say that I was wrong on a major scale.

    I can't say I liked it on first listen, but as I listened to it more and more it started growing on me, and the pieces of the puzzles started fitting, I realized every track on this project has a hidden message, and even though it may require some concentration, the production on this is undeniably great and could take you away at any moment. The message is SO powerful and is about a subject that everybody should be concerned about. This is not an album exclusively for rap listeners, but for MUSIC listeners.
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  7. Nov 22, 2021
    0
    Makes me feel happy. You don't even need to understand the nuances or anything just chilling out with this still makes it good

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