Kendrick Lamar Surprise Releases New Album

Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated new album To Pimp a Butterfly was released last night, a week before its expected drop day, but we’re not complaining. The hype for this album is so universal that within twelve hours, the entire album is up and fully annotated on Genius. Huge names like Snoop Dogg, bassist Thundercat and Parliament Funkadelic’s George Clinton make appearances on the album, highlighting its lively groove.

Early this year, Lamar released the two singles off the album “The Blacker the Berry” and “i” in which he deals with the two sides of his life as a black man in America. The upbeat and encouraging sound of “i” give us lyrics about self-love, hope and confidence. “The Blacker the Berry” takes a much darker turn, referencing the Ferguson riots and racial profiling, using heavy drums and bass. From the title of the album to its contents, Lamar seems focused on many of the contradictions in life that others try to ignore. The sixteen track masterpiece of funk and flow seamlessly delivers Lamar’s politicized lyrics in a fun, jazzy package that keeps your head bobbing and your hips moving.

While dropping an album a week early may not seem a huge difference, it certainly is for any hardcore Kendrick fans. This makes for the first full album release since 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, an album that most hip-hop aficionados have been literally listening to since it came out. Shout out to Kendrick for filling the void left in our life since his absence, we know what we’ll be listening to for the next three years.

You can stream To Pimp a Butterfly on Spotify, or buy the album on iTunes.

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