7 Apr 2015

To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

From RNZ Music, 7:30 pm on 7 April 2015

Nick Bollinger examines a confrontational and complex new album from rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar Pimp a ButterflyTo Pimp A Butterfly is a complex, multi-layered record, and while it doesn’t have the obvious narrative thread of good kid m.A.A.d city, the rapper’s 2012 debut, it is consistent in its themes, which are addressed through a range of personas and lenses, all masterfully controlled. Beyond anything else, To Pimp A Butterfly says loudly and clearly that for America as a nation the legacy of slavery remains an issue that is far from resolved.

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