New Hip-Hop records for me, are quite hard to like or to find, a good one that stands out. Personally i’d much rather listen to classics, you know Illmatic, The Infamous, Resurrection, this list can go on. It’s because these records are so good, how can anyone do better? So a few years ago I discovered Kendrick Lamar, and its safe to say I liked him from the start. I didn’t grow to like him. I liked him. His lyrics and beats where just so tight, and I’d listen to ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ on repeat it was everything i’d love but fresh!
So fast forward to 2014 and Kendrick has featured on Flying Lotus’s latest album ‘You’re Dead’ and its killer. Then they say they’re going to release an album together, so I get very excited then its all rumours for a while and 2015 comes around and no real news, apart from Kendrick’s own album, and FlyLo only helping out (still good though) Then FlyLo says their stuff isn’t getting released, maybe one day.
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ came out last month, via Aftermath (Eminems label) it has production help from Dr Dre, Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams and Thundercat, and features George Clinton, Snoop Dogg and Bilal
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ opens with surface noise (more reason for me to buy the actual vinyl) funk filled track ‘Wesley’s Theory’ with George Clinton featuring, it really starts the album off! After is an interlude, like in most Hip-Hop albums there’re two on this album both about 4 minutes long. ‘King Kunta’ starts with a bouncy minimal beat, stays that way with only a guitar coming into play its a really good track. ‘Institutionalized’ features Bilal, Snoop Dogg and Anna Wise, its still on this minimal wave, with a different beat of course and beautiful strings. ‘These Walls’ is a really catchy track, the beat is killer the lyrics are so powerful like the tracks before. ‘u’ is 4 minute rant which could easily be passed as another interlude, as it splits into two halves. The album carries on this brilliant wave of tracks and they all stand out in there own right. ‘The Blacker The Berry’ comes in and it has a different feel straight away its dark and aggressive and political, it really does pack a punch! The last two tracks are like the rest of the album. Then of course we get to the now famous Tupac Interview in which Kendrick has an imaginary interview with Tupac, something to really listen to!
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ could easily be up there as one of my favourite Hip-Hop albums already, just because of its instant uniqueness and power the record brings, and of course the beats and all the amazing grooves. Its just a really good record.
Key Tracks: ‘These Walls’ ‘Momma’ and ‘The Blacker The Berry’