Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

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Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) [Official Digital Download] RE-UP

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 79:00 minutes | 1011 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

To Pimp a Butterfly is Grammy winning hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar's third studio album. The record, produced by Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams and others, was inspired when Lamar was on Kanye West's Yeezus Tour as a supporting act. The new record features Grammy winning single "i" which took home the Best Rap Song at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards as well as Billboard charting single "The Blacker the Berry".

Becoming an adult ultimately means accepting one's imperfections, unimportance, and mortality, but that doesn't mean we stop striving for the ideal, a search that's so at the center of our very being that our greatest works of art celebrate it, and often amplify it. Anguish and despair rightfully earn more Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, and Pulitzer Prizes than sweetness and light ever do, but West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar is already on elevated masterwork number two, so expect his version of the sobering truth to sound like a party at points. He's aware, as Bilal sings here, that "Shit don't change 'til you get up and wash your ass," and don't it feel good? The sentiment is universal, but the viewpoint on his second LP is inner-city and African-American, as radio regulars like the Isley Brothers (sampled to perfection during the key track "I"), George Clinton (who helps make "Wesley's Theory" a cross between "Atomic Dog" and Dante's Inferno), and Dr. Dre (who literally phones his appearance in) put the listener in Lamar's era of Compton, just as well as Lou Reed took us to New York and Brecht took us to Weimar Republic Berlin. These G-funky moments are incredibly seductive, which helps usher the listener through the album's 80-minute runtime, plus its constant mutating (Pharrell productions, spoken word, soul power anthems, and sound collages all fly by, with few tracks ending as they began), much of it influenced, and sometimes assisted by, producer Flying Lotus and his frequent collaborator Thundercat. "u" sounds like an MP3 collection deteriorating, while the broken beat of the brilliant "Momma" will challenge the listener's balance, and yet, Lamar is such a prodigiously talented and seductive artist, his wit, wisdom, and wordplay knock all these stray molecules into place. Survivor's guilt, realizing one's destiny, and a Snoop Dogg performance of Doggystyle caliber are woven among it all; plus, highlights offer that Parliament-Funkadelic-styled subversion, as "The Blacker the Berry" ("The sweeter the juice") offers revolutionary slogans and dips for the hip. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, and at the end of this beautiful black berry, there's a miraculous "talk" between Kendrick and the legendary 2Pac, as the brutalist trailblazer mentors this profound populist. To Pimp a Butterfly is as dark, intense, complicated, and violent as Picasso's Guernica, and should hold the same importance for its genre and the same beauty for its intended audience.


01 - Wesley's Theory (feat. George Clinton & Thundercat)
02 - For Free? (Interlude)
03 - King Kunta
04 - Institutionalized (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
05 - These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)
06 - U
07 - Alright
08 - For Sale? (Interlude)
09 - Momma
10 - Hood Politics
11 - How Much A Dollar Cost (feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)
12 - Complexion (A Zulu Love) (feat. Rapsody)
13 - The Blacker The Berry
14 - You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
15 - I
16 - Mortal Man

Analyzed: Kendrick Lamar / To Pimp A Butterfly

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR5 0.00 dB -6.69 dB 4:47 01-Wesley's Theory (feat. George Clinton & Thundercat)
DR7 0.00 dB -8.28 dB 2:11 02-For Free? (Interlude)
DR5 0.00 dB -6.66 dB 3:55 03-King Kunta
DR5 0.00 dB -6.69 dB 4:32 04-Institutionalized (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
DR7 0.00 dB -9.17 dB 5:01 05-These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)
DR8 0.00 dB -9.32 dB 4:28 06-u
DR5 0.00 dB -7.11 dB 3:39 07-Alright
DR6 0.00 dB -8.49 dB 4:52 08-For Sale? (Interlude)
DR5 0.00 dB -6.06 dB 4:43 09-Momma
DR5 0.00 dB -6.79 dB 4:53 10-Hood Politics
DR6 0.00 dB -7.97 dB 4:22 11-How Much A Dollar Cost (feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)
DR6 0.00 dB -7.88 dB 4:23 12-Complexion (A Zulu Love) (feat. Rapsody)
DR5 0.00 dB -6.86 dB 5:29 13-The Blacker The Berry
DR6 0.00 dB -7.64 dB 4:02 14-You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
DR6 0.00 dB -9.46 dB 5:36 15-i
DR6 0.00 dB -10.49 dB 12:07 16-Mortal Man

Number of tracks: 16
Official DR value: DR6

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1583 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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