On the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s album “Me Against The World”, Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated album, “To Pimp A Butterfly” was released Sunday night and became the most talked about trending topic on Twitter. The new album was a follow up from Lamar’s debut album “Good kid, M.a.a.d City. The original release date for the album was scheduled to dropped next week on March 23rd. However, releasing the album early was all in King Kendrick’s plan. The next day he tweeted, “Yesterday, March 14th was a special day.” He also tweeted, “20 years later.” – Kendrick Lamar
Although there was much excitement about the release, it also brought on much confusion for iTunes and Spotify, where the clean and explicit versions went up at two different times, it was taken down then went live again. Now don’t get it twisted, it’s no surprise that the album release would keep the people on their toes. Lamar has been noted to be hip hop’s man of methodical thinking who is the underdog of Drake’s recent success.
This compilation of musical genius speaks on the issues of race and racial tensions in America, the national discourse of black lives mattering, black dysfunctions and personal demons that he faces. The many musical layers of this album fills the ears of listeners to look forward to hearing mothership funk, a loose free-form of jazz and down-home soul. The lyrics of each song are powered with race and personal identity that could possibly make someone of mixed company become very uncomfortable. Although it defies that feel of easy listening, it becomes deeply rewarding for Lamar’s body of work as he also gives us the old-fashion sense of complexity. Kendrick’s obsession with seeing women as whole beings, messy complexities of life, and the conflicts of revenge and violence are all told in reviving stories through real poetry that speaks of hidden truths and exposed secrets. The self-proclaimed has truly out-done himself. This album is more than an announcement, its the start of a revolutionary conversation.