To Pimp A Butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly

Music CD - 2015
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Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Aftermath Entertainment, [2015]
Edition: Explicit version.
Call Number: CD MR LAMA TPB L58
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (1 hr., 18 min., 51 sec.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,1.4 m/s.
digital,optical,1.4 m/s
audio file,CD audio
Bib Control Number: 800936


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Mar 30, 2020

Many consider Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly to be one of the best Hip-Hop albums ever released. In 2016 To Pimp A Butterfly won The Grammy award for Best Rap Album. But this is not your typical rap album as it incorporates elements of various musical genres such as jazz and soul. The album touches on many topics as he raps about black pride in the many of the songs including ‘The Blacker The Berry’ and ‘King Kunta’. On the track ‘u’ Kendrick touches on his depression and in the following track titled ‘Alright’ tells the listeners that despite everything he will be alright. Overall this album is highly enjoyable and I would recommend listening to it multiple times as well as in order to take in everything it has to offer. I believe that To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar is five out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Sep 01, 2018

Far, far too many gratuitous obscenities, including the use of the word "nigger". I enjoyed tracks 7 (the music but not the words), 9, 13, and 15. All the obscenities deteriorate the good qualities of the lyrics.

SCL_Justin Apr 25, 2018

After Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pullitzer for DAMN, I wanted to go back to some of his previous work to see what had been building up to that. To Pimp A Butterfly is an amazing showpiece of layered flow. It will take more listens to start to internalize the lyrical depth, but yes, this is a great album.

Jan 14, 2018

Funk, jazz, soul, and spoken word poetry is all To Pimp a Butterfly. King Kendrick won Best Rap Album at the Grammy's for this album, and has been creating dope beats and powerful lyrics since he was apart of TDE.

Sep 09, 2017

This has shaped up to be one of the most important hip-hop albums of the past 5 years and he shows no signs of letting up with this years "DAMN." Kendrick is the artist we need right now.

sdodge66 Nov 26, 2015

He has an interesting mix of producers and influences on this album.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Oct 08, 2015

This truly is one of the best rap albums I've heard in a long time. Kendrick's lyrics are heavy and real, but rather than yelling and ranting about his personal struggles and the problems with the world, he injects his songs with a funky, jazzy style. Each track is unique, but they flow together in a seemingly effortless way. Several listeners have said that the sound didn't appeal to them right away, but I fell in love with the sound the first time I heard Wesley's Theory and King Kunta. (One thing I will note that I did NOT notice when I ordered this is that I ordered the edited/censored version of the album. It does somewhat interrupt the flow and the raw emotion.)

Sep 15, 2015


Aug 30, 2015

Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album "To Pimp A Butterfly" on March 15 2015. However Kendrick Lamar stated in an interview with Rollingstone magazine "Tu Pimp a Caterpillar was the original name and they (Dead End Hip Hop) caught it because the abbreviation was Tupac, Tu-P-A-C. Me changing it to Butterfly, I just really wanted to show the brightness of life and the word 'pimp' has so much aggression, and that represents several things. For me, it represents using my celebrity for good. Another reason is, not being pimped by the industry through my celebrity." Although the original intention of utilizing the title to spell out T-U-P-A-C was slightly changed, the legend's presence is far from non-existent in this album; that's all I'm going to say without trying to spoil it. Unlike Kendrick's past extremely successful projects, To Pimp a Butterfly (or TPAB for short) Kendrick brings a whole different style and sound. Instead of packing magazines of hard-hitting trap type instrumentals with a trigger happy aggressiveness Kendrick equips himself with a Funk, soulful, Jazz type sound on this album and is heavily influenced by all three as well as some spoken word. Kendrick had an army of wicked-talented producers at his fingertips for TPAB. The list includes executive producer and NWA legend Dr. Dre; Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Knxwledge, Sounwave, and Thundercat, and many, many more. This album discusses a lot of heavy topics such as politics, race issues, street violence, greed, wealth over mind, love, regret, guilt, self-worth and self-esteem and mental health, and hypocrisy amongst a large a demographic of his. This album is truly great, It took me a few listens to have the albums' sound grow on me, but once it did, I had nothing but appreciation and admiration for both this album and the positivity and realism Kendrick is preaching (in a non-preachy way) through his music. This album is truly nothing but impressive. As a person who much more prefers east coast hip hop over west, I can whole heartedly say this is at the top of my list for hip hop albums that came out in this recent decade. If this album does not win Hip Hop album of the year, I'm telling you the awards are rigged or go simply based off of radio friendliness and sales. I can seriously say that it would surprise me if TPAB does not become a hip hop classic in the future. I rate this album 9/10 only because the sound and style takes a little getting used to if you are not huge on west coast hip hop from the 90s and 80s.

Jul 16, 2015

To Pimp a Butterfly is really good rap record. This album doesn't have quite the bangers than maad city did and it's a really dense piece of art. You need to listen to this uninterrupted.

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