Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (The GB&U Music Review)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Music ReviewsTo Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar (2015)

Welcome to the review of Kendrick’s latest album “To Pimp a Butterfly”. As the current torch holder of the west coast does he live up to the hype or fail us?  Let us explore the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good

Kendrick’s sound is unique. I give him credit for trying something new with his sound. I like the groove of songs like “King Kunta” and “Wesley’s Theory” Shine on this album. I also love the Funk and RnB inspired tracks like “Complexion”, it’s smooth and instantly catches my ear.

 The Bad

Whoever produces Kendrick’s tracks lays the effects on his vocals a little to thick. Some songs, like “Institutionalized”, it’s difficult to hear his dense lyrics under all those layers of needless effects. Speaking of dense lyrics, I find it hard to remember a lot of songs because there aren’t many memorable, goose-bump creating lines. The main line I remember is from….

The Ugly

For Free?(Interlude), the second track on the album killed the entire experience of the album for me. First, why is the second track of the album an interlude?  Second, I respect the Jazz instrumentation and spoken word delivery, but to hear a man croon “This dick ain’t free” over and over again makes me feel uncomfortable. It also caused me to be more critical on the album, especially after the strong beginning with “Wesley’s Theory”

Final Thoughts

Who would I recommend this album to: Anyone who likes a funk sound and wants some hip hop with a different sound

Favorite Song: Wesley’s Theory

Least Favorite Song: For Free?

Next week’s review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Past Reviews

Fall Out Boy – “American Beauty/American Psycho”

Kelly Clarkson – “Piece by Piece”

My Thoughts on Tidal

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise


5 thoughts on “Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (The GB&U Music Review)

  1. My personal favourite is ‘the blacker the berry’, its been a while since I’ve been able to connect to the lyrics of a song.
    I’ve included it in my writing soundtrack, to get me in the mindset of my characters.

    Almost everyone has high praise for Kendrick. I like that you spoke about things you didn’t like.

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    1. Thanks for taking time to read and leave a comment! I try to be balanced and fair. I noticed a lot of big mainstream reviewer like pitchfork, XXL etc. Tend to over hype albums by giving 8 and 9’s. I wanted something a little more balanced and honest.

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      1. 😀 Thank you for reviewing it. I’m not to familiar with blogging sites as I am with YouTube, so I haven’t come across a site that talks about hip hop, until yours.
        I’ve tried to review hip hop albums or talk about my favourite rappers in the past but its been too difficult for me. I’ve loved rap music before I got into books. Music is something I can’t really talk about. I like what I like, am I making any sense?

        I dont read Pitchfork or XXL’s reviews (I look forward to their freshmen lists, even though most of the rappers on the list I dont personally like, but sometimes you find one artist that you think is amazing i.e. Logic).

        I pay attention to DEHH reviews on YouTube, they’re quite balanced and they offer constructive criticism to rappers.

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      2. yes, you made sense lol Sometimes I see reviews on YouTube. Dead end is one I listen to every now and then, they are awesome. I like the style may have to graduate to video reviews as my confidence grows? Do you have a youtube channel?


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