Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)

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March 23, apparently:

http://pitchfork.com/news/58754-kendrick-lamar-announces-album-release-date/

― That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Friday, March 6, 2015 7:10 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

good news!

― Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Friday, March 6, 2015 9:28 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ah, a good old-fashioned CD-capacity rap record

― Simon H., Friday, March 6, 2015 10:51 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://cdn2.pitchfork.com/news/58808/d47a5880.jpg

― Number None, Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:53 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

how's life, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:26 (five years ago) link

smidgen of info from Rolling Stone

Lamar also gave Rolling Stone a preview of six new songs from To Pimp a Butterfly, in addition to the two already released. The songs range from the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive – like “King Kunta,” which could be the theme song from a Seventies blaxploitation flick. When Pharrell Williams first heard the track, he praised it by calling it “unapologetically black.” “It’s just him expressing how he’s feeling at the moment,” says Lamar’s longtime producer Mark “Sounwave” Spears. “And right now, he’s mad.”

Sonically, Lamar’s new album is adventurous, incorporating elements of funk, spoken-word poetry, and free-jazz, augmented by lots of live playing. (Lamar says he was listening to a lot of Miles Davis and Parliament while making it.) “It’s a unique sound,” says Sounwave. “Every producer I’ve ever met was sending me stuff, but there was a one-in-a-million chance you could send a beat that actually fit what we were doing.” Lamar’s longtime engineer, Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, says the rapper would often talk in moods: “He would say, ‘I want it to sound eerie,’ or ‘I want it to sound like you’re driving past something.’ Or he talks in colors: ‘Make it sound purple. Make it sound light green.’”

Lamar is vague about what specifically the title To Pimp a Butterfly means (“That will be taught in college courses someday,” he says). But he describes the album as “honest, fearful and unapologetic.” “You take a black kid out of Compton and put him in the limelight, and you find answers about yourself you never knew you were searching for,” he said. “There’s some stuff in there, man. It’s a roller coaster. It builds."

Number None, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:38 (five years ago) link

lol

I want it to sound like you’re driving past something.

j., Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:09 (five years ago) link

copping that early Pollard sound, it would seem

Simon H., Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:15 (five years ago) link

gimme that doppler effect pedal

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:15 (five years ago) link

I haven't really been in love with this dude but this sounds interesting. I was into that song he did on Colbert awhile ago.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:16 (five years ago) link

Kendrick is the shit IMO

DJP, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:17 (five years ago) link

Last time he talked about the Colbert song he said it was probably not going to be on the album, which seems even stranger now since it would seem to fit perfectly with the description in the RS excerpt

Simon H., Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:18 (five years ago) link

Really really looking forward to this

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:21 (five years ago) link

There's a tracklist on wikipedia now, not sure of its accuracy but it looks plausible.

Simon H., Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:26 (five years ago) link

I want it to sound like you’re driving past something.

Maybe he's going for this type of hip hop sound.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:33 (five years ago) link

great title

lex pretend, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:49 (five years ago) link

My anticipation is through the roof. In my head it's the hip hop Black Messiah.

Minaj moron (Re-Make/Re-Model), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:53 (five years ago) link

hope im dead wrong but 78 mins of this is going to be so wearying

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:18 (five years ago) link

78 minutes of anything is wearying

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:19 (five years ago) link

that cover, man.

feels like he's working at a different level rn

alpine static, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:20 (five years ago) link

at the same time, i agree w/ xposts, i wish this would be under 60 mins. under 50 would be even better

alpine static, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:21 (five years ago) link

lots of hip hop albums are very long, tbf.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:24 (five years ago) link

i, for one, am looking forward to the skits

Maybe in 100 years someone will say damn Dawn was dope. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:24 (five years ago) link

But are there any long hip hop albums that actually justify their length and don't feel bloated?

MarkoP, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:25 (five years ago) link

Is this the To Kill A Mockingbird sequel?

Greer, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:28 (five years ago) link

But are there any long hip hop albums that actually justify their length and don't feel bloated?

every De La Soul album, for starters

DJP, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:34 (five years ago) link

Possibly. Though I personally found Buhloone Mindstate to be one of their best albums because of its shortness.

MarkoP, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:38 (five years ago) link

"Prince Among Thieves"' 78 minutes is perfect imo

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:43 (five years ago) link

Wu-Tang Forever.

how's life, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:48 (five years ago) link

Moment of Truth by Gang Starr is 78 minutes. It has no skits or filler and is perfect.

Kitchen Person, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:12 (five years ago) link

can not wait for this

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:19 (five years ago) link

aquemini is like 10 sides long

j., Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:37 (five years ago) link

awesome cover art

polyphonic, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:38 (five years ago) link

who's the judge they're sitting on

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 18:40 (five years ago) link

john boehner

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:07 (five years ago) link

if this actually incorporates a lot of actual free jazz i will eat my hat and love it

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:24 (five years ago) link

and yes great title

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:24 (five years ago) link

De La Soul is Dead is bloated imo.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:29 (five years ago) link

Singles, "Bitties," "Millie," and the final trio aside, it's their weakest of the nineties. The one before and after are the classics imo.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:33 (five years ago) link

fuck eating a hat

2-chords, a farfisa organ and peons to the lord (contenderizer), Thursday, 12 March 2015 03:51 (five years ago) link

ILM will kill your least favorite thread title for money

some dude, Thursday, 12 March 2015 03:53 (five years ago) link

this will definitely be one of my 3 CD purchases of the year!

scott seward, Thursday, 12 March 2015 03:58 (five years ago) link

2 and a half years is a while between albums for someone in his genre at his level this early in his career. i'm cool with him going whole hog on an 80-minute deal to try and justify the wait.

some dude, Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:03 (five years ago) link

& honestly i can't think of a more predictable move after the success of his specific first album than doing a sprawling long ass follow up

J0rdan S., Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:12 (five years ago) link

by which i mean that i find it so unsurprising that i can't care either way

J0rdan S., Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:12 (five years ago) link

first album was pretty long in itself iirc

call all destroyer, Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:13 (five years ago) link

yeah i mean he got total adoration and became a massive star off an album he called "a short film" so..............

J0rdan S., Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:20 (five years ago) link

Full Rolling Stone interview is a good read

bae sremmurd (monotony), Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:25 (five years ago) link

But are there any long hip hop albums that actually justify their length and don't feel bloated?

― MarkoP, Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

Cuban Linx ... Could keep going I'm sure

deej loaf (D-40), Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:42 (five years ago) link

Life after death
All eyez on me

Etcetera

deej loaf (D-40), Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:42 (five years ago) link

Looking fwd to this obv although this quote is super douchey lol:

Lamar is vague about what specifically the title To Pimp a Butterfly means (“That will be taught in college courses someday,”)

deej loaf (D-40), Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:43 (five years ago) link

totally into kendrick knowing about his rapping superpowers

brosario nawson (m bison), Thursday, 12 March 2015 04:49 (five years ago) link

lot of overlong, bloated rap albums. but theres also a lot that are necessarily long. eg - wu tang forever, de la soul is dead, 3 feet high, fear of a black planet. not 100% sure about the cover, its more the kind of cover id expect from idk, someone like gunplay. and while i like kendricks harder tracks a lot (maybe best), not sure i want a whole album of him doing 'angry', though im sure it wont be.

StillAdvance, Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:38 (five years ago) link

also overlong albums aren't the end of the world, esp. when you can just skip around!

he quipped with heat (amateurist), Thursday, 12 March 2015 17:55 (five years ago) link

thanks lebron!

http://www.complex.com/music/2016/03/it-looks-like-a-new-kendrick-lamar-project-will-be-released-soon?utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

sounds like probably the 'untitled' TPAB outtakes that he's been performing on TV shows. pretty excited, i was starting to resign myself to the assumption that he'll never release a studio version of the track he did on Fallon.

some dude, Friday, 4 March 2016 01:51 (four years ago) link

can we get the full version of the joint from the "Alright" video too?

Hey (Extended Mix), Friday, 4 March 2016 03:00 (four years ago) link

yeah i hope that's in there too

some dude, Friday, 4 March 2016 03:01 (four years ago) link

yeah I hope these are studio versions but the word unmastered being in the title doesn't give me hope

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 March 2016 03:42 (four years ago) link

the fallon track might be one of his GOATs imo

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 March 2016 03:42 (four years ago) link

in a stunning development this is completely great

J0rdan S., Friday, 4 March 2016 05:35 (four years ago) link

feeling the vibe of this a whole bunch, cant believe swizz/keys baby boy produced 07, fucked up, gotta get my son in the studio tomorrow, im taking the day off

get a long, little doggy (m bison), Friday, 4 March 2016 05:37 (four years ago) link

only the jammy second half

Into this - I've been wanting him to do a more off-the-cuff/lower-stakes release for a while and this fits the bill

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 4 March 2016 11:45 (four years ago) link

are these all from the tpab sessions or what

lag∞n, Friday, 4 March 2016 15:45 (four years ago) link

I'm liking this. Not as purely dazzling as TPAB, but I kinda enjoy that the stakes are a bit lower

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Friday, 4 March 2016 15:47 (four years ago) link

whoa, here's a surprise

ulysses, Friday, 4 March 2016 15:52 (four years ago) link

This is great

warm winds and clear skies, Friday, 4 March 2016 17:19 (four years ago) link

are these all from the tpab sessions or what

― lag∞n, Friday, March 4, 2016 10:45 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

all the songs are dated and only one of them says '2016' and the rest are 2013/2014 so i'm guessing that yeah this is pretty much the cutting room floor for that album.

some dude, Friday, 4 March 2016 17:24 (four years ago) link

i'm gonna start a thread on this if that's cool and C&P all these posts

robbie ca$hflo (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 4 March 2016 17:26 (four years ago) link

Thinking about the title, untitled unmastered is kind of an interesting choice - are these supposedly rough mixes, or is it a black consciousness statement, I have no title and no master?

MatthewK, Saturday, 5 March 2016 12:58 (four years ago) link

I mean, with the whole Kunta Kinte reference on TPAB's breakout track.

MatthewK, Saturday, 5 March 2016 12:58 (four years ago) link

it's very deliberate

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/6898260/tde-punch-kendrick-lamar-untitled-unmastered-interview

The second part of the project’s name, though, isn't just a label for the raw recordings. "Everything that we do is deliberate so if you hear something that says Unmastered, we absolutely did that on purpose,” Punch explained. “There’s more than one meaning behind that.

"We’re definitely trying to break chains musically and socially," he continues. "The whole thing to me just represents breaking the chains, whatever those chains might be, whatever chains society puts on you. We’re trying to break those and be free.”

some dude, Saturday, 5 March 2016 13:14 (four years ago) link

ah, makes sense, I'm definitely too thick to have picked up on that myself

Check Yr Scrobbles (Moodles), Saturday, 5 March 2016 14:34 (four years ago) link

yeah, that's there too.
i like hearing cee-lo's voice on something i enjoy that was released in 2016

ulysses, Saturday, 5 March 2016 17:39 (four years ago) link

https://twitter.com/Yoonginese/status/708464990022463488?s=09

Οὖτις, Saturday, 12 March 2016 03:21 (four years ago) link

Best writer in the world

robbie ca$hflo (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 12 March 2016 15:29 (four years ago) link

Wow that piece is outstanding

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Saturday, 12 March 2016 17:53 (four years ago) link

yeah

call all destroyer, Saturday, 12 March 2016 18:03 (four years ago) link

Brief History of Seven Killings is the best book I've read in years

robbie ca$hflo (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 12 March 2016 18:19 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?

Working night & day, I tried to stay awake... (Turrican), Monday, 26 December 2016 19:34 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

It would be cool if whatever he does next made him into more of a pop presence, beyond showing up for guest verses on certain hits.

Not necessary for his music to be great, just think it'd be a cool extra

nova, Friday, 24 March 2017 03:15 (three years ago) link

Kendrick never seems content to do the same thing twice, so I imagine album four—out April 7, if his insinuations are to be trusted—won't sound like either GKMC or TPAB. As someone who enjoyed the former more than the latter, I would welcome a poppier album. But I'm sure it will be good either way.

That new song, though! Too many Drake disses to count! Unlike Drake (except on "Back to Back" and "Charged Up"), Kendrick doesn't hide behind subliminals; the only way he could've been more direct is if he called out Drake by name. My favorite aspect is how he interpolates Drake lines—a common move by the 6 God—into song, like "Tables turned, lesson learned" and "This is in forever." As far as promo for album four, it can't get much better.

The best part is that Drake will be physically unable to sit on his hands. He's probably already preparing something.

Handsome Bookor, Friday, 24 March 2017 13:06 (three years ago) link

the only way he could've been more direct is if he called out Drake by name

Or he could have stopped dissing Big Sean and dissed Drake instead

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Friday, 24 March 2017 13:51 (three years ago) link

I'm not expecting an album that soon Buti would love to be wrong

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 24 March 2017 13:52 (three years ago) link

Or he could have stopped dissing Big Sean and dissed Drake instead

The Big Sean disses are just as plentiful, too, I just focused on Drake because there's more history, has a bigger profile, and you know he'll feel the need to respond.

Handsome Bookor, Friday, 24 March 2017 14:08 (three years ago) link

I was trawling through discography info to clarify which releases were considered albums and which were considered mixtapes and stumbled across the factoid that every Kendrick album since Good Kid, m.A.A.d City has appeared on Billboard's year-end album list every year since its release.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Friday, 24 March 2017 14:26 (three years ago) link

banger

neva missa lost, wednesday nights on abc (voodoo chili), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:48 (three years ago) link

maybe we should start a thread for the new record

maura, Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:49 (three years ago) link

Definitely.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:50 (three years ago) link

WE GET TURNT UP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsucJR9pk6A

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 30 March 2017 23:50 (three years ago) link

I'm not goon enough to start a new thread but someone really should

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 31 March 2017 00:08 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

just wanted to note that the original single version of "i" fucking rules really hard

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Monday, 24 August 2020 15:59 (one month ago) link

Still kind of bummed that the live version ended up on the album.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 24 August 2020 16:08 (one month ago) link

the single version was a little too incongruously sunny for the album but I know what you mean

unpaid intern at the darvo institute (Simon H.), Monday, 24 August 2020 16:18 (one month ago) link

Yes! So damn good

brimstead, Monday, 24 August 2020 16:28 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Man, this album is so fucking good

shout-out to his family (DJP), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 15:25 (one week ago) link

yeah, it's evergreen

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 16:59 (one week ago) link

any word on his new album? seemed some talk that it was coming out in 2020 but haven't seen much lately

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 17:33 (one week ago) link

so fucking great

brimstead, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 17:37 (one week ago) link


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