March 25th, 2015 by Eric Bernsen
How does one follow-up an album which has been unanimously declared as a modern-day classic? This was the task appointed to Kendrick Lamar, the good kid from the mad city of Compton. good kid, m.A.A.d City instantly levitated Kendrick into a top spot amongst the new-school leaders of hip-hop. But unlike many artists who feel pressured into constantly releasing music in order to maintain their highly desired status, the TDE torchbearer took his time in crafting his highly anticipated and second magnum opus To Pimp A Butterfly. All eyes have been on K Dot as fans and critics alike speculated about his musical direction upon the release of his up-tempo self-loving single “i” and the conversely hard-hitting, brutally honest “The Blacker The Berry”. Once Kendrick released the iconic cover artwork for the project, the hip-hop world braced itself and strapped on their seat belt for another monumental, statement-making body of work. And while some listeners have had to re-adjust their expectations in terms of what To Pimp A Butterfly (full production credits here) sounds like, the album is a stellar showcasing of Kendrick Lamar’s artistic ambitions and firm proof that he is in a league of his own.