To Pimp A Butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly

Kelsee Woods, Reporter

Some say the poetry in Hip Hop was replaced with the simple catchy hooks that have no meaning. Lyrical Critics say that Hip Hop has been swallowed by the empty concept of money, sex, and drugs. They proclaim may even say that Hip Hop is dead and artistry is no longer. These people have probably never heard rapper Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly.

Swaying away from the usual basic rhythms of rap music and drawing more from a blues-funk vibe, Kendrick’s album is an obvious departure from other hip-hop albums in the best possible way. Less than a week of its release and it has already passed Kanye’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, as the highest rated rap album of the decade. It also established a global Spotify record streaming more than 9.6 million times on the first day it was released, a new record for the most album streams in a single day.

Lamar seems to be a little scattered when covering topics from depression, to growing up in Compton, to breaking the system of America’s government, to having artistic confidence. He keeps his lyrics rich as he often recites monologues and poems a cappella. He ties the album together in a twelve- minute project at the end of the album. Giving two verses and glides into a fantasy conversation with the deceased icon 2pac. He uses the answers from a 1994 interview with the legend and recreates it into insightful dialogue. The title of the album becomes clear when he recites a final poem explaining the metaphor of the butterfly. He speaks of the transformation of the caterpillar to the butterfly and how it relates to his life and his current state.

This album demands respect through its artistry, Kendrick Lamar is standing on legendary seeds.