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Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly
Buy! - (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
The LA rapper follows up his classic second full-length (2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city) with a heady, uncompromising album that’s just as powerful. While Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City was a personal affair about growing up in Compton, To Pimp A Butterfly looks outward to issues of race, identity and oppression while also reflecting on his own fame and responsibility. Featuring a densely layered sound, the album masterfully combines dark, gritty grooves heavily steeped in ‘70s funk and jazz with Lamar’s tricky, elastic delivery and intricate, often-politically charged rhymes that delve deep into feelings of guilt, anger and self-doubt. 3/20/2015 - Don Yates
Other Kendrick Lamar album reviews:

good kid, m.A.A.d city - 11/9/2012