Saturday, December 26, 2015
The album I will be reviewing is To Pimp a Butterfly by rapper Kendrick Lamar. Although it seems that Interscope Records releases a Kendrick Lamar project every three years, it is very much worth it. One main thing that makes rapper Kendrick Lamar very unique is that he uses rap to proclaim his vision (s) such as him growing up in Compton, California, struggles in society, and white privilege. Lamar uses the album cover to show how he lived in Compton, as all the people on the cover were his hometown friends in front of the White House. Lamar uses songs such as "Alright", "Mortal Man", "King Kunta", "Institutionalized", "Hood Politics", and "i" to show his ideas and thoughts on white privilege around the world, but mostly the United States of America. He proves his thoughts of the struggles in society by using songs such as "These Walls"and "How Much a Dollar Cost?". I appreciate how Lamar really uses spoken word to get his thoughts across at the beginning and end of songs. I won't lie, I don't really investigate lyrics in songs most of the time. But, for the tracks of this album, it was necessary to find out a piece of Kendrick Lamar's mastermind. Overall, I would give this album a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars. This album was well-deserved of 11 Grammy nominations, and hopefully it will actually win some.