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To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

2015

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To Pimp A Butterfly

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3.65

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THIS DICK AINT FREEEE

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What a combination of influences.He brings so much together here. Nothing else sounds like this. This is one of the most original/experimental hip hop albums ever. All over the place in a great way. Love his different voices throughout. Very theatrical and atmospheric all at once. Got some great people on this too - particularly Thundercat. King Kunta is my favorite track and the one that immediately drew me in to him.

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The instrumental hook is instant in Wesley's Theory, and the rest of the album just goes. On a relisten, I notice the jazziness of the interludes for the first time: I think they were placing jazz and speech juxtaposed, as in a venue, deep in my brain and long before I was interested in jazz. "This convinced me that rap is good, actually." It's cliche and not a little embarrassing, but far more true than shameful.

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The most important hip hop album of the decade, with hard-hitting lyricism, flow beyond compare, and incredible jazz and funk-influenced beats

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I'm always complaining about how basic most hip hop and rap is, but you can't easily level that criticism at To Pimp A Butterfly. The opening track is dizzingly detailed. Thankfully, the lame and childish attempt to parody early seventies soul only lasts a few seconds before a knotty swaggering rhythm kicks in. A sinuous synth bass is interwoven with a chorus that cuts against the primary rhythm (I'm hearing the influence of George Clinton here), the main rap, seemingly arrhythmic Fender Rhodes tinkling, horn hits, and so on. It's a pity the lyric content isn't more interesting, but you can't have everything. You could listen to this track a dozen times and not catch everything. More to the point, it's tastefully arranged and its interesting. Again uncharacteristically, the music that underscores the interlude that follows isn't tossed off. It's legit modern jazz with hip hop influenced drums. The rap is the usual bitches and money whinging. Boring, but musically it's interesting.Oh, okay, I thought I was losing my mind. The next cut King Kunta takes several steps back in terms of complexity and interest. This tune has a driving rhythm and bass line, but it's pretty darned straightforward musically. Can't fault the production--lots of bells and whistles, but it isn't enough to sustain interest.The album recovers nicely with Institutionalized. Broken rhythms, choral elements which cut against the rhythms, production tricks, subtractive strategies straight out of Stockhausen, evocative use of jazz samples, and for once Kendrick Lamar has an interesting subject, although he doesn't approach it with much insight or grace or wit. A missed opportunity.And so it goes. In terms of quality, To Pimp A Butterfly is all over the map. The production is consistently first rate. Kendrick Lamar is a poor lyricist and barely an okay rapper. Sometimes, the tunes are basic and boring--at other times, they point at the complexity and interest that's possible in hip hop. Every time I started to get drawn in by a creative arrangement or an original musical idea, I'd get pulled out by Kendrick's tedious raps or by a track which tried to get by solely on production tricks.It's frustrating, but at least there's some ambition here.

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5

The guest list. The beats. Kendrick. The message.. Everything about this album is absolutely unreal and it's so hard to pick favorites. Favorite tracks: "For Free?", "Alright", "King Kunta", "The Blacker the Berry", "Wesley's Theory"

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5

Such a good record. So many great tracks. Great listen from start to finish.

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I think I just listened to art. Only album in this list so far I’ve listened to twice in a row

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How to follow up on a great album like Good Kid, M.A.A.D City? How about... like this? This album is absolutely perfect. It's everything I want from a project; a true "start-to-finish" album that is cohesively and thematically tied together with outstanding lyrics and music, all delivered with stunning skill and excellent storytelling. Yep, thats a 5 right there.

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Genre: Conscious Hip Hop 5/5 Hip Hop has come quite a ways since its inception. The artists involved over the years have pushed the genre to its breaking point, changing the definition of hip hop year to year, and sometimes month to month. Seismic eruptions in the game, from The Chronic to Illmatic to Aquemini, are all vital pieces of art that will be respected for years to come. To Pimp a Butterfly sets itself apart from all of those. The sheer magnitude of what this album is doing throughout its playtime is some of the most marvelous music making we as humans have put to wax. This album does it all. From its unbelievable jazz-influenced production, its seamless use of nearly every theme hip hop has come to know and love (which, lyrically, Kendrick took to the umpteenth), all the way to its narrative flow, including a poem that grows throughout the album to eventually culminate in a facsimile conversation he’s having with TUPAC SHAKUR. It’s a true artist at work. This album is a perfect 5/5, 10/10, 100/100. Whichever way you slice it, there isn’t a single bump in the road here, nothing to take your mind away from the overwhelming musical explosion that’s happening in front of you. Kendrick made the perfect album. Every song is a treat and every moment is executed flawlessly. Shoutout to everyone involved in this project. They did a spectacular job.

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I remember the first time I heard Wesley's Theory. I was absolutely wowed by the message and the production; I had never heard anything like it. Now that I've heard this entire album, I feel even stronger: there is nothing else quite like this album. Kendrick Lamar has a lot to say about the state of politics, inequality, and being Black in America and worldwide, and he doesn't waste a single second on these tracks talking about these topics. Even the album art makes a confronting statement, communicating a very charged, thought-provoking, detailed message, a message that makes many statements in one image. It all comes full circle with a mostly spoken world closing track explaining meaning behind the album title "To Pimp A Butterfly". As if that's not enough, Kendrick uses several Black-defined and influenced genres (funk, soul, jazz, to name just a few) and modern, fresh, audibly intriguing production across this album to create a progressive and elevated hip-hop experience. I won't say that I love every song, but damn if the production, lyrics, and style just don't keep me intrigued and curious all throughout. I wanted to keep listening, and I want to listen again. In my opinion, this is easily one of, if not THE most important hip hop albums in the past decade or more (disclaimer: I'm so incredibly white so please don't take my word for it). It's art, it's protest, it's love, it's hate, it's poetry, it's politics; it's black struggle and black power.

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I want to like this album... there's clearly a lot of meaningfuly perspective and involved lyrics, but the only song that i actually wanted to listen to over again was King Kunta. Give props due to complexity, though Kendrick's voice isn't my thing... give me Chuck D or Nas.

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Meh. Listen, I usually love experimental hiphop. It's generally smarter, more musical, and more pointed than your standard, run-of-the-mill gangsta rap. Every time I was like "oh, that was clever," the lyric came from a guest artist. Even the social commentary on this album was softer and less pointed than I was led to believe. I came with high expectations and I left disappointed.

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I think this has been too hyped for me. Big fan of the genre but everyone always saying Kendrick is at the top of the game has let me down every time I try to do the deep dive into his work.

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I once pimped a butterfly to my mate Angry Pete. He tore the fuck out of that butterfly's little bum. Talk about red admiral.

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I admire the scope and ambition of this work. I like the diverse range of musicianship and the attempts to integrate jazz into the hip hop lexicon. Some of the word play is impressive. However, it all adds up to something akin to a complex plumbing system; a technically adroit feat that I couldn't begin to try to replicate myself, but ultimately quite boring to behold.

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Perfect

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One of the greatest albums ever. Jazzy, inspirational, prophetic, genius

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Goat

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Best rap album of 2010s

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Det bedste af dem alle

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no-brainer

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Great

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jazz rap

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Top tier production with amazing guest artist and the wonderful strong Kendrick lyrics and voice

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En av de bästa rap-albumen genom historien

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Every time I think "there's no way it's as good as I remember," and then it's even better.

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So good. Kendrick is a genius

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Love this album, though Damn. may be my favourite Kendrick album, this is the first one that got me into his music. Definitely my favourite hip hop artist

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Familiarity: 7/10 Notes: Having just listened to this album for the first time not even a month ago, it seems fitting for this album to be brought up at a time like this. With the era of Trump hopefully coming to an end, and our future with President Biden awakening, I believe this album is perfect for the times. With mix of funk, spoken word, and best poetry, this sophisticated rnb/hip hop effort by Kendrick Lamar is straight ear candy. This album is already a classic, and it will live on as it finds new purpose every few years, I'm sure. Real Rating: 8.5/10

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Fuck yeah

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🐐

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Generational album. Great songs mixed with great stories. King Kunta, Alright, How Much a Dollar Cost, The Blacker the Berry, i

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i kind of love this

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KING KUNTA. this is one of his best. this shit beautiful and truly shows his raw lyricism and talent. funk political soul hip hop. dA gOaT. I REMEMBER YOU WAS CONFLICTED

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Goat

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Kendrick is one of my favorite artists and I haven’t listened to this full album in awhile. Alright and King Kunta are probably my favorite songs. I forgot about i what a great song

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5

Own it. Love it. Saw him live perform it. Damn it. On it. Fuck it. Makes it.

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Incredible concept album. Introduced me to Thundercat back in the day.

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En una década en la que la mayoría de la música sonaba demasiado similar y gastada. Cuando el hip-hop estaba en un punto bajo entre mumble rap y con la idea de escuincles sin talento al máximo está este disco como un gran respiro. Kendrick Lamar es grande; es quizá de manera técnica entre los mejores raperos actuales y diría que casi seguro el mejor de los recientes. Lo que lo lleva a otro nivel es su capacidad y deseo de experimentar y llevar sus trabajos a otros niveles. A veces no funciona del todo pero en este caso termino con un disco excepcional. Musicalmente no se le puede ni comparar, es único; su capacidad de experimentar y crear mezclando todo un disco con jazz, funk, soul, breaks de saxofón con scat. Pareciera que aprendiendo e inspirado por cosas como aquel Phrenology de The Roots o la Música de Outkast o en particular de Andre 3000 está dispuesto a estirar la definición del rap y hip hop hasta que casi se truene. Música fluida, impredecible, atascada tanto de creatividad como de talento en sus colaboradores (¡Mirá es Thundercat! conocía este disco y ni idea de notarlo hasta ahora, Terrance Martin, Snoop, Dr. Dre, Pharrel). Todo el concepto musical es una celebración a atreverse a hacer algo distinto. Y si musicalmente es grande en su concepto y letras no se queda nada atrás. En un género atascado de idioteces y cosas vacías todavía hay alguien que trata de hacer un disco complejo, de poner de frente la hipocresía no solo de la sociedad en la que vive (“Oh America, you a bad bitch/ I picked the cotton that made you rich” es quizá la línea más simplona del disco y aun así no es mala) sino en especial tratando de mostrar esa hipocresía hasta en sí mismo y la cultura que representa ("So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street? / When gang bangin' make me kill a nigga blacker than me?"). Casi todas las letras se centran en esas dicotomías perder-perder que están muy presentes y que no tienen lados buenos como el rapero "consciente" contra el pandillero, el machista con postura contra la el ser lleno de culpa, la culpabilidad blanca forzada y la violencia entre negros; todo con un mensaje de reconciliación sin sentir que te está sermoneando. Esa calidad lírica es muy muy difícil de lograr. Es un disco que tiene cosas que decir y sabe cómo hacerlo. Es un disco hecho por alguien lo suficientemente inteligente como para saber terminar con una pieza de spoken word, pegando una entrevista con Tupac Shakur con poemas suyos resultando en algo que nunca existió, dándole un nuevo sentido y hacer que funcione y que no se sienta ni forzada ni como un gimmick.

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Legendary.

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I greatly enjoyed Mr. Lamar's treatise on the current problems facing people in urban population centres

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Ya like jazz? 11/10, I'd sell my kidneys for another Kendrick album as good as this.

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I get why white people love this dude

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Masterpiece. 10

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Beautiful Storytelling. Also a sleeper album as opposed to GKMC, but it is a mainstay of excellent hip-hop.

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One of the greatest hiphop albums of all time. I don't need to saymore. Go listen to it

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Awesome album, love all the features and kendrick using all the voices he can fit in there. Jazz and funk fills the album with incredible sound

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One of my favorite albums of all time. My favorite track has been and always will be Momma, followed closely by King Kunta and Alright.

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The beats, the bars, the themes, this album is so powerful. I have one or two criticisms but it couldn’t be anything but a 10/10

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To Pimp a Butterfly (TPaB) might be one of the most important hip-hop albums of the decade, maybe even regardless of genre. It is masterfully structured, made with thoughtful social commentary and just all-around good music in general. We're exploring the best of funk, jazz, soul, and hip-hop (obviously). And it isn't just anyone on the credits, you've got Thundercat on bass, Dr. Dre producing, and a laundry list of great features worthy of admiration. I can't find much negative to say about this record, but I honestly don't want to because it is just so so good. It's simply the best at what it does.

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excellent

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9/10

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- the beginning of wesley's theory, wow the trumpets and the 1920s sounding instruments i love it - more lovely horn instrument noises in 'for free?' and ooooh i think it's gonna be a jazz rap album this is so !!!!! - king kunta is so catchy - the story telling voices in institutionalized is amazing - my fav bit of the song is 'if these walls could talk. i can be your (purple) rain when you cry'. i love the contrast between their voices and for a second, i swore i could've heard prince - i could write a scenario for 'u'. the way he repeated loving you is complicated like he was about to cry made me feel like we were both going insane and then that bit where i thought my headphones were broken and the trumpets abruptly coming up to the surface again... yeah. that's all i have to say. - but we gon be alright yes you will yes i will - bruv that plot twist at the end of 'for sale?' when it just keeps on spinning and spinning in a different pitch yeah it scared me man well done mr kendrick - awww 'momma' is nice - i cba to review the rest but i did listen

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excelente me gustó mucho lo escucharé de vez en cuando

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Of fucking course this is one of my favourites of all time.

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amazing fucking album.

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I love this album. A modern classic, need I say more?

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What do you even say? Mind-blowing, devastating, uplifting. This album is incredible.

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There is a lot of more recent rap that I can't stand. The beats and the production are all too similar, following in the trap style of fast hi-hats and AutoTune and droning repetitive lyrics about drugs and girls. Kendrick Lamar is not that. And he stands out all the more amidst his peers for it. He has a voice that I feel like shouldn't work, but does (a bit of a theme lately for me with some of the recent albums). He is an amazing lyricist, writer, and rapper, with a flow that is unique and at times mind-blowing. He tells stories, he exposes raw truths. And he does it all with a seamlessly interwoven background of beats and horns. There is more soul and funk I can dig on this album than there was on Prince's "Sign 'O' The Times." Kendrick Lamar has so much to say, and it deserves and warrants repeated close listens. As an aside, with the relatively low number of hip hop albums on this list, I would expect that they are more likely to be the cream of the crop, 4 or 5 star albums. This one certainly sets the tone for that.

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absolute masterpiece and milestone for hip hop / concious rap in general.

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what an album, turned me on to rap after lupe

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Already listened way too many times. Absolute classic right here

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This album is unpredictable. The first listen is powerful experience.

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5

What the fuck can I say, March 2015 was largely occupied in my mind by this record being listened to over and over again. The production and lyricism are both so goddamn dense and ingenious that to this day six years later relistens still reveal me new brilliant angles. This thing is a fuckin accomplishment that transcends the soft centrist praise K-Dot's next record DAMN accumulated. 💣💣💣🔥🔥🔥

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5

De las mejores recomendaciones de esta lista. Increíble en su totalidad. Sonido, ritmo, voces...

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Beautiful and possibly the best album ever made. The interstitial poem is ingrained in my head. RIP Pac

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Incredible album, start to finish.

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Lyrically, it feels so real and full of insights and intelligence, like I'm getting a peek inside Kendrick's life and head. Musically it's just so dense and rich, throwing samples, beats, and riffs at you. Idea after idea. It's not the kind of album I could listen to again and again as I find it too overwhelming, but I do feel I could find something new in it every time.

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5

First Kendrick Lamar album I listened to in the past. Blew my mind. Changed my favourite genre of music and send me on a unforgettable musical journey. Perfection.

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Una meravella que transcendeix géneres. Lamar es trobava dos esglaons per sobre de la resta, ja fossin vaques sagrades com Jay-Z, Kanye West o Eminem, o noves lluminàries com Frank Ocean o Tyler, The Creator. Aquesta obra capital és una bogeria en la seva fusió de géneres, idees, ritmes, samples... Més enllà del seu enfocament polític i racial, tot i acceptant la seva importància, que no fa més que enfortir el missatge i la seva força, és un dels millors discos dels '10

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This is the first album on this list so far that I've previously listened to in its entirety. Like, dozens of times before. To Pimp a Butterfly is probably one of my favourite albums so far. Its complexity and depth really stands out compared to the three albums I've listened to so far. It's not just a collection of songs, it's a cohesive artwork (a concept album!) and there's so much to be discovered in its depths.

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5

An innovative work of art. Protest rap over funk, jazz, traditional boom-bap beats from one of the best in the game. Hell yes. Best track: King Kunta

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Good. Really really good

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Aj karamba, pojawily sie murzyny prorokowane podczas sluchowiska hookwormsow, ale nie do konca, bo nie mumblowy trap, a krol wspolczesnego lozenia rymow, ktory jednak mocno jest zwiazany, jesli chodzi o inspiracje murzynami zlotej ery, co slychac zwlaszcza na tym albumie, ktory sam w sobie jest pewnego rodzaju dialogiem z 2pacem, wydaje mi sie ze juz wystarczajaco sie napisalem na temat tego albumu gloszac murzynska ewangelie w internetach, wiec zbieranie tutaj antologii na ten temat troche mijaloby sie z celem tych opiso recenzjo notesow, wiec na tym koncze, a ocena oczywista, bo przeciez to pan Kendrick Lamar

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Masterpiece!!! Poetic, threaded with amazing influences, and loaded with some of Kendrick's best bars.

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wow. ...what a tour de force. I had no Idea. The hip hop albums on this list have been, in general, the real slap in the face discovery for me. And this one may be the best so far and there have been great one's. In particular the Eminem album knocked me on its ass for its incredible wordplay and compelling music. To Pimp a Butterfly while not as shocking as The MM album, but my God the intricacies of the wordplay...of the poetry, is stunning in places and at the very least compelling and interesting and intelligent. This one's a KEEPER and is deserving of multiple listens 5 stars

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5

Definitely the most important hip-hop album of the 21st century so far in my opinion. Musically, it's incredible with gorgeous, jazzy, varied production. Lyrically it's Kendrick's peak which is saying something considering how consistent he is. The recurring poem to Tupac ties it together perfectly.

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Jazzy Rap. The last track alone merits the disc five stars.

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Quite possibly the best album of the 21st century so far. Lyrics, flow, production, themes are all 10/10. Not only a masterpiece of the Hip-Hop genre, but up there with all time greats such as Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon and Nirvana's Nevermind.

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Good album, have heard before

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Love the genre blending in this album, great stuff.

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This is a modern classic. I'm not the biggest hip hop head but I know what I like and I REALLY like this. The music, the guests, the lyrical concepts. It's just a great piece of art. 10/10 all the way.

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Absolute masterpiece.

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perfection

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This album is perfect. My favorite iteration of Kendrick. Easily one of my all-time favorite hip hop albums and also pretty damn high on my all-time albums list.

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Oh my god … beautiful - how did I miss this album before

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Goddamn.

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1001 is bringing the Christmas heat! Kendrick is easily the best rapper of our generation, although I'd argue the competition is pretty weak. GKMC is still my favorite, but this album is a masterpiece. King Kunta is a bop. Alright is infectious. How Much a Dollar Cost is reflective and beautiful. At times the album switches gears too fast and gives you whiplash. That said, Kendrick really branches out with more socio-political commentary and wide influences from classic soul to swing jazz. At times the absurdity gets in the way of the message, but I still think this is a bold and provocative statement from a rapper on top of his game. 9.5/10

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The production is really inspiring, and the extensive sampling of jazz and what feels to a white guy as "black" music gives this record a feel of being rooted not only in Kendrick's creativity but in a larger context of US history.

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A stunning achievement, Lamar’s insightful, searing social commentary over a jazz infused hip hop soundtrack easily towers over most artists working in any genre today. And artist is the correct description- TPAB is a work of art which will be looked back upon and studied as an artefact of these times and the position of Black Americans in US society. Nobody else comes close to offering this whilst also making listenable, ostensibly mainstream music. Poetic, inventive, dynamic, essential. A masterpiece.

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Love this album. Could easily play this for older dad type crowd and they'd enjoy. KING KUNTA BABY.

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Such a great album, lot of good moments and great messages. Love the influence Thundercat had as well as Steve Lacy but can’t understate the performance of Kendrick at all.

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Perfeito

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Discazo, sí, aunque sea muy ignorante de estos géneros... o de cualesquiera, quizá. 10/10

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In contention for the best album released in my lifetime.

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Wow! If I listened to this 100 times, I doubt I'd catch all of the references.

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I'm not always a big hip hop fan, but I really like Kendrick Lamar. This is very experimental and interesting.

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No brainer

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This felt like one of the few original sounding albums I have heard in a while. There are so many layers of influence but combined it feels like something that is not made often or maybe ever.

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That Album Is A Ten Men 8ir Me Na7kou. Head Is Buzzing, I Shouldn't Put The People I Trust In Conditions Dra Kifech. Make Sure Of That.

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Great album, Kendrick always delivers

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Loved it!

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Si heureux de retrouver cet album dans la liste. Prefs: Wesley's Theory, For Free? (Interlude), King Kunta, These Walls, Alright, Hood Politics, How Much a Dollar Cost, The Blacker The Berry, i, Mortal Man Moins pref: Momma

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Very good album, good stuff, simply extravagant

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I love this album. Lyrically impressive with a great flow, great samples, cool jazz influences. An instant classic.

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Really good album. Went in not liking Lamar. Total 180. Incredibly interesting listen.

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Best hip hop album in years

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One of the greatest albums of all time and one of my personal favorites. I still listen to this one very frequently. Insanely good.

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This is probably my favorite album of the last 15 years, and I don't say that lightly. Kendrick is the best lyricist working today and this is his finest work in that area by far. My favorite tracks on this are "i", "Wesley's Theory", and "How Much a Dollar Cost", but the quality is so consistent across the nearly hour and a half album that I'll probably pick a different three the next time I listen.

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Love the jazziness, the flow, and the sheer all-over-the-place-ness of it. I lack historical perspective on and deep knowledge of the genre, but know full-on artistic commitment when I see (or hear) it and this is definitely that. Plus, lots of fun hooks and echoes – “we gonna be all right” indeed. Engaging and cool and a helluva lot of fun. 4.5 / 5.

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Let's go Kendrick. I don't have the best ears for lyrics, but Kendrick's beat and instrumentation is a real treat for the ears. i is such a release from a lot of the heaviness inside the album.

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An easy 5.

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When a jazz infused, avant-garde, politically charged hip-hop album makes Kendrick one of the biggest pop stars on the planet and in the process partly restores my faith in the general music buying public.

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I first listened to this last year. It was a hot summer's day and I spent it exploring some towns in land. I never listened to it before, but I chose To Pimp A Butterfly as one of the albums to listen on my trip because I wanted to depthen my music taste, and this was recommened a lot on music forums. Driving out past the first stop, Wesley's Theory came on and as it kicked into the main groove, it felt like the music equivalent of The Wizard Of Oz. "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore". The music production throughout is fantastic and despite not being a big fan of rap, I wasn't actually ever bored when listening to the nearly 80 minute album. Maybe it was the 40°C weather and barely any clouds in the sky that provided the positive mood, but the funky basslines and the jazz beats definitely helped the mood. Kendrick Lamar's vocal delivery was smooth for the most part and could get angry if required. I also liked the recurring poem that kept stopping throughout until it was played in full at the end of Mortal Man. That sequence including another poem named after the album title, and an edited recording of Lamar interviewing Tupac Shakur was a genuinely interesting way to end the record. While driving through some windy roads past a lake in the middle of nowhere, I felt solely in a room in the US with both rappers, listening to this intense interview with the jazz crescendo in the background. From the four albums I listened to that day, this stayed in my mind for a while. I've listened it a few times since, and everytime I do, I think of the time I was constantly sweating in the heat right in the middle of nowhere. Favourite songs were These Walls, Wesley's Theory, Alright, The Blacker The Berry, and i. Also the whole Mortal Man sequence is pretty fantastic too.

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5

A groove

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5

Poetry

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5

5.0

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5

Fuckin slaps

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5

G.O.A.T.'d

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4

Its drags a bit, and I prefer good kid, but its still an amazing album. I love the variety of musical styles. Closer to a 4.5

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4

Great for either having in the background while working or actively listening to. I find myself bobbing my head to the beats.

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4

Excellent.

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4

Always heard a ton of good things about this album but had never listened to it until recently. Overall, I was really impressed - such a unique blend of musical styles, it comes across as so much more than just a rap album, reminiscent of West's "Dark Twisted Fantasy"

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4

iconic... educational.. a good time.

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This reminds me how much we consume media so fast. This albulm is 5 years old which is wild to me cause it feels like it just came out. BUT anyways enjoyed again..Mortal man kind of shooked me cause like look where we are now. Blacker the Berry is also a vibe.

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4

Cool to listen to once but I don't think I will come back to listen to again.

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4

Just a really amazing album all around, like a discordant beautiful Miles Davis album, but with a lot of lyrical content which to me, is what Jazz is really missing. Blacker the Berry is fantastic, as is King Kunta but the b-sides aren't bad or forgettable, it flows nice and it's a great listen.

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4

That was really good. I knew Kendrick Lamar but not well and I didn't know that album. But it was a goodun.

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4

Powerful album with some stellar tracks

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4

First listen. Very good.

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4

Has a feel somewhere between "in the zone and focused" and "walking around". Really cool mix of musical styles. Compelling parallel narratives of personal struggle and Black historical struggle.

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4

Hard for me to rate, since hip-hop is typically not my jam. In terms of genre it's prob 4-5, but there is a lot going on here that I could dive deeper into, but not my cup of tea really. Definitely some interesting things here, so 3.5 up to 4.

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4

1. Intro beat SLAPS, great flow. Type of song to hit your body moving in some way - funky. 2. THIS DICK AINT FREE 3. Bop 4. Strange but a tuneee 5. Classic 6. SUch a good fucking song 7. classic 8. Smooth, fun interlude 9. momma bars good fucking album

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4

Always enjoy this album

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4

Pleasantly surprised to see something so recent on here. Good album, a bit long and rambly for me though and I like some of his other albums more. King Kunta is a hell of a song.

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4

Maybe a 3

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4

Not really my thing, but it was good. King Kunta was my favorite song.

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4

Wow. A rap album I actually really enjoyed. It’s a miracle.

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4

Really solid, on repeat listens I bet it’ll grow on me even more. This dick ain’t free

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4

Re-listening for the generator. A beautiful storm. Kendrick always delivers. 8/10

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4

Tyler the creator esque imo. Or maybe Tyler’s Kendrick esque😦

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4

Didn't listen to it because I used to listen to it A LOT a while back. Excellent!

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4

really liked it

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4

Not bad.

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4

Brilliant. Although there are some tracks that I don't LOVE, everything flows together perfectly. Special mentions to 'For Free ?' and 'i'.

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4

7/10. Not really my style, but it does feel very well put together as an album, and was lyrically interesting enough to make me at least want to keep listening. There were only a few songs that I enjoyed listening to in their own right, and I still didn't quite love the sound, but overall a positive experience.

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4

Definitely an important and impressive album incorporating all the jazz but it still drags in places for me

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good. listened to it during war with brandon derek MJ. alright slaps. as Matthew said "Kendrick goes hard"

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4

(already heard this a bunch before, will just rate it, 4.5)

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4

Lotta good tracks, and a lot of fun to listen to through and through

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4

A lot more experimental than I expected - enjoyed it. How much a dollar cost, with the Radiohead sample, was a highlight.

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4

Good! Cool musical bits and I liked the lyrics. Loses a point for being long. 7

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4

Rap actual, mola. Bases soul/jazz

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4

Liked it a lot. Thought it was very insightful

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4

My least favorite of his, but still a classic.

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4

A Good album that cemented Kendrick Lamar as a truly mainstream rapper despite producing an original and often obscure contribution to the genre. Definitely over played but I guess that is just the sign of a great album although not my personal favourite.

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4

Liked the third song; King Konta and Alright, the rest is not rlly my jam.

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4

Hello

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4

Very interesting

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4

Got a lot of media coverage on release, but I think its justified. Only criticism is it has some weak tracks and drags on a little in places. Fav tracks: first two and these walls

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Nice

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Yeah, I fuck with this. It's a great balance between socially engaged, conscious, and conceptual hip-hop & the hard, raw sound with its roots in Compton. Sometimes, the metaphorical and conceptual stuff seems to think it is cleverer than it is, and the album gets a bit loose and sprawling at times. But it still combines most of the stuff I love in hip-hop. Shame I'm not into his other material so much. Solid 4 for this.

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Монументальная работа. Одного прослушивания явно недостаточно. Охватываемые темы мне не настолько близки, как сам подход к раскрытию материала. Буду стараться разобраться в его творчестве сильнее.

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Yay! Intro..... spicy ALRIGHT So far it's a journey. I feel like I'm going somewhere with this. This album cover is iconic. A bit long I need more listens

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it didn't hold up like i thought but i still loved it

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4

This album is great great great. This album was like an oasis in 2015. Love this one.

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4

So many clear influences all wonderfully blended together to make an album that is worldly and rich in its sound.

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4

Groovin', smart, emotional, super dense with references and guests. This one will be listened to for decades at least.

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4

So many genre influences, I was really impressed!

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4

For Free? (Interlude) is a nicely strange, jazzy, improvisation. I don’t think I’ve heard anything like that on a hip hop album before. King Kunta has a nice flow. The funk is most definitely within me after having heard this track. A couple tracks lost my interest, like: Institutionalized and Hood Politics. Overall this is a nice discovery. I’ve been meaning to explore hip hop more and this was a good place to start. I will be seeking other Kendrick Lamar albums.

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G - Influential, Explores Black History and shines a light on the atrocities and institutional racism that has been prevalent in America since the beginning of time. ☆☆☆☆ B - an album with a very important message and highlights the history of a culture and music. While it isn't my type of music, I'm glad that I listened to it ☆☆☆

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Deece

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"Shit don't change until you get up and wash your ass..." I've taken the past few days off and listened to this album during most of it however I could still listen to this for the next week before I was really ready to write a review of this. I think this is an important album and not one I would've found on my own. There is so much going on here with KL. It should be noted that KL is the real hero of this album, not the production or the instrumentation or guest appearances. This is all KL and he is a powerful force. His lyrical style is fast and his words are incredibly deep, insightful and full of meaning. Standout tracks, probably my favorite is the 'i' track. Toward the end of it, KL engages with the audience just prior to doing some a capella and starts off amongst audience chitter chatter and during the course, the audience calms and begins to listen. It's difficult to tell if this is produced or this is live, but the effect is moving. Other notables are "For Free? interlude", 'King Kunte', and worth mentioning is the sister track to 'i', 'u'. There is so much to unpack here, and I could stand another week to really feel comfortable enough to write a proper review. Really a great album on its own that everyone, yes everyone, should listen to at least twice if not more.

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4

Listened to this constantly for about a year when it first came out. Love it.

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4

In a time where beats have come to rule hip hop at the expense of lyrics Kendrick Lamar pushed back.

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4

Pretty Decent, DNF

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4

Technically good rapper, good beats, but I find that he is sometimes just too serious and I lose the sense of fun when listening to this album.

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Good album. Sara's favorite rapper.

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4

Uitstekende hip hop

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4

Classic. One I was actually already familiar with.

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4

Strong 4 stars. So many interesting styles and it feels like a solid cohesive story throughout.

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This is a very specific experience. I know this album and I loved it the first time I listened to it some years ago, but re-listen to it now made me note how much Kendrick Lamar was "raw" and inexperienced when it was launched. His work as so much better now that even this album being a classic for modern hip-hop, it's easy to note the fails and drawbacks. An awesome album that, for me, was overcome by the new albums, but it's still a great work.

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4

Real shit in a positive way.

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4

Smooth rhythm. Nice collaborations. Couldn't always relate.

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Сложно слушать реп в таком количестве. Все-таки, это органически не моя музыка, несмотря на ее талантливость. Это музыка 21 века, музыка настоящего момента, она переполнена информацией, в каждый трек интегрирован наш мини-мир. Кроме избытка информации, в ней много ежесекундных изменений, много голосов, она полифонична, это музыка общества, музыка масс. Но когда я слушаю музыку, я хочу быть одна, наедине с ней. А реп погружает меня в социальный контекст. Это не музыка эскапизма, она транслирует другое, она направлена на другие ощущения. А я пока не нуждаюсь в этом.

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4

Fantastic rap album. Slightly prefer good kid mad city, but still a great album, with many good songs (Alright, Momma, How Much A Dollar Cost)

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This is a great album. A critical moment in the 2010s was its release and influence on music and a revival of conscious rap, which is the only hip hop I could ever truly enjoy. Great production, blending a mix of genres, which creates a classic sound, mixed with Lamar’s technical genius and storytelling.

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"These Walls" reminds me of Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend" sonically for some reason. From a music standpoint, this album is a marvel. I love The Isley Brothers influence and hearing "That Lady" during "i". Bringing elements of The Isley Brothers, one of my all-time favorite groups, into this was a huge plus. But my God, this album is just a bit too long. I found myself wishing Kendrick would tighten up this thing to come in under an hour. Admittedly this genre is not in my wheelhouse, but this album brings me in better than most.

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Wow, I had no idea.

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Pimpin

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Wesley's Theory prod is fucking groovy and feels 90s I love it. For Free? ending is nice. King Kunta very groovy as well. Don't like Institutionalized. These Walls: Kendrick's flow is great in the verses, a little bit less fan of the chorus though. u prod is nutty so far. The break was unexpected. The beat switch was really nice and lead to two great verses. I need to relisten to this song and truly focus on the lyrics. Alright: This song is insane For Sale? better than the first interlude, need to read the lyrics properly to enjoy the song at its fullest I think Momma: I loved the first part because of the way he raps and the flow of his constant delivery. Then we got to the second part of the song and I can't believe this guy raps like this, he's insane. Hood Politics: perf, it's great he raps well. fav part "Critics want to mention that they miss when hip-hop was rappin' Motherfucker, if you did, then Killer Mike'd be platinum" Is it me or does he complete his poem at the end of each track? How Much a Dollar Cost: very interesting storytelling in this one Complexion: Not a fan of the song but Rapsody's verse was great. The Blacker the Berry: I love his aggressive flow. His verses are great and the writing is excellent. You Ain’t Gotta Lie: I don't like the chorus. The third verse is great, sigh. He's too good i: This song is insane, starts as a great song to vibe and ends on a powerful message with the N word and the word 'Negus' Mortal Man: Damn. I didn't really get into the first part of the song, but I love that he finished his poem and the interview part was legit passionating.

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4

Rhymes and good flow coupled with talking about difficult social issues

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Is it hip-hop? Is it jazz? Is it funk? Is it ALL of them in some kind of gritty dinner party album? Excellent work of art.

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I love many of the tunes, the jazzy vibe of this one is great, I remember all the fuzz and all the respect Kendrick got with this one, but to me this one is a too long, I don’t care that much about the snippets and I get it, they was conflicted lol. Funny thing is that to me GKMC is his master pieces and that one is long and all that. It’s a 4/5 to me. Is that a Radiohead sample in How Much A Dollar Cost?

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4

cool, assez chill

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Tricky. Full. Good fun production. 4/5 for impact -

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Poweful album! Love the funk & fucking love King Kunta! If you can listen to that song w/o moving your body we can't be friends.

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4

Sprawling, inventive, fun.

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Não é meu estilo preferido, mas é Kendrick Lamar!

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4

King Kunta, Alright i How much a dollar cost Très bon quand même!

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4

Dense and interesting - feels like I need to listen to it a few more times. But also feel like I'm not really the audience for this.

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I can see the craft that's gone into this - it's not something I'd normally listen to but I did really like it.

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4

Delving even deeper into the vein that 'M.A.A.D City' opened, this album is a genuine and vulnerable telling of one man's struggle in a violent and oppressive world. What stands out on the surface may sound like bravado and avarice, but lying just underneath that facade is fear, self-doubt, and despair. In sharing that story, Kendrick has lent his voice to the telling of many people's stories. The list of examples is nearly as long as the entire album, but I'd point to 'Institutionalized', 'These Walls', 'Alright', and 'How Much A Dollar Cost' as prime examples of what I'm talking about. The tracks themselves are filled with the life and a diversity of numerous artists and musical elements from a wide array of genres. Check out 'For Free?' (spoken word), 'These Walls (R&B), 'u' (jazz), and 'Alright' (hip-hop) to get a sense of just how dynamic this album is. I think the statement from the Wikipedia article which says the album is, 'supremely "cinematic" production qualities but [with] "the freedom of a mixtape",' summarizes it perfectly. The rhymes and rap techniques are simply on another level. The internet has covered this thoroughly, so check that out if you don't hear it for yourself. My absolute favorite flow is on the tail end of the track 'i' and I only wish that it could carry on, instead of being broken up by the fight in the crowd. Please. Take the time to listen past the language and the talk about pussy and bitches! This album has so much to offer on every level, and it would be a shame to misjudge this book by it's cover.

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4

Decent. Socially conscious rap.

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4

I do think there's some filler here, but overall this album is bursting with incredible arrangements and complex harmonic structures.

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This is a sprawling album that covers a lot of ground sometimes within the same song. It is put into the hip-hop rap genre but at times feels more like an avant garde jazz album. You also hear soul, funk and gospel influences. Some songs songs have a Parliament-Funkadelic, 90's Oukast, Chic and the Isley Brothers feel to them. If you listened to this album for a week, you would probably come up with more. One of the reasons has to be all the producers and musicians he worked with recording in multiple locations. Contributors include Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin. Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Dre, George Clinton, Bilal, Anna Wise, James Fauntleroy, Ronald Isley, Rapsody and more. Kendrick toured South Africa including Nelson Mandela's prison cell which apparently had a huge influence on the songs and album. As previously mention this album covers a lot of ground with song contents addressing racial inequality, discrimation even within the black community, culture, anxiety and depession. Song highlights for me included "Wesley's Theory" with Thundercat and George Clinton, "Complexion (A Zulu Love)" sounding like 90's Outkast, "The Blacker The Berry" a more aggressive song about race inequality and "i" which samples The Isley Brother's "That Lady" and is probably the song with the best dance beat. The last song "Mortal Man" spends a good two minutes on the meaning of To Pimp a Butterfly which I found quite interesting. This album is big at 78 minutes but quite an achievement.

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I usually turn away from rap music pretty quickly. The few that do manage to engage me need to have either interesting lyrics (and not the same old gangsta tropes) or a sick beat. Fortunately this had both

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So many layers. I love it!

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It's lit

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This hip-hop album is rapper Kendrick Lamar's third. Kendrick Lamar is a lyrical genius and he used this album to discuss political themes about black culture, racial inequality, discrimination, and depression. The album debuted at number one on charts in US, UK, & Australia, won Best Rap Album at the 2016 Grammy's, and was certified platinum in 2017. To Pimp A Butterfly has garnered widespread critical acclaim from all around the world. It appeared on many top ten album lists for 2015, and has been rated highly by most music publications. The album did a good job of expressing its messages while also being fun to listen to. I respect Kendrick Lamar and love his rapping skills, so this album is great for this reason alone. Although some of the spoken word / skits on this album get in the way of the great musical flow he had going, but this is just my opinion. Still one of the best Kendrick Lamar albums out there today.

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Jazz, funk, soul, electronic and hip-hop, in an electrifying concept album mix. Listening to this I realise what I've missed when I stopped listening to hiphop due to the insane amount of dribble that kept flooding the market. I'm glad to know things like this exist. One of the better hiphop albums I've heard in my life

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4.1 - Solid album, amazing experimentation and lyrics, but a bit dense for regular listening.

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Hard to listen to, but not to say I don't like it, I do. A lot of it is just really difficult material. Lyrically dramatic, musically brilliant. I almost never choose to listen to rap, but I have chosen Kendrick Lamar the most in the last several years… just not without headphones.

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the end of the album definitely more my sensibilities, blacker the berry, aint gotta lie, i are all really good, the first half didn't really stick with me, kendrick exists in this space where I can see he's talented but his flow and production feel to work against him not with him often. When I see people put this as a 'GOAT' album I wish I could understand why. My best bet is in a sea of mumblerap brag-rap he's the only one speaking conscious and elevated.

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Piristävä yllätys ja tykkäsin. Hauskoja biittejä eikä missään vaiheessa ärsyttänyt.

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Interesting, but not my jam

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ok

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Supposed to be good, for a rap album

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Solid album, though Kendrick's masterpiece, in my humble opinion, is DAMN.

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I can see why it did well with the poignant lyrics, but it’s basically a spoken word album. Rap without solid beats is hard to listen to repeatedly.

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It was a fine album, just not necessarily my cup of tea

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First impression: not my taste for sure. First song reminds me of need for speed, I don't hate it but not sure I'd listen again. For sale? Interlude's heavy breathing is uncomfortable. For free? Has a cool old school background tune. Never been a fan of songs where someone just talks at me like the first minute or so. King kunta is more traditional rap for me. I don't mind it but it's not really along my taste lines. Would sounds great with a sub

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Outstanding!

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Antes de escribir le di una pasada extra y debo decir que todo lo que pudo haberme gustado en los primeros tracks lo perdió cantando como caricatura china en 'u'. Tampoco soy fan de las rolas tipo R&B-vamos-a-coger y peor cuando encima rapea de todas las cosas que sabe (Momma). Por otro lado, sí me gustaron 'Hood Politics' y 'The Blacker The Berry' especialmente por los temas que toca.

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Starts off chaotic. These Walls and i are highlights. I don't enjoy the interludes or the spoken word parts. It's not for me but I know it's not FOR me either. I get why it's a masterpiece but I won't revisit.

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Blandat! En del nice musik, en del riktigt skumt. Rapen är absolut inte det bästa, utan musikerna i bakgrunden gör detta album. Tydligen kan man inte ändra betyg och recension efter de skickats in, så vill också uttrycka att Deep Purple albumet vad fan rätt nice efter att ha kommit in i det. Duktiga musiker helt klart. Albumet ska därför ha en 4a, inte 3a.

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Dinero, poder, sexo, para llenar el cliché del género, se complementan muy bien con depresión, abuso de poder, miedo al fracaso y lo que pareciera síndrome del impostor. Me llamó mucho la atención la letra que va evolucionando al final de varias canciones (King Kunta, These Walls, Alright, For Sale, Hood Politics) que termina siendo un diálogo con 2Pac. Las mezclas están muy bien hechas aunque su concepto artístico de hacer muchos cortes y meter mucho diálogo no lo entiendo. Supongo que es para evitar que sean monótonas sus largas canciones (1h 15m, por favor) pero siento que terminan siendo relleno. Songs: i, How Much a Dollar Cost, You Ain't Gotta Lie

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The first time I listened to this album I was on a bus in Indonesia with Benji, and I remember then that I think I can appreciate that this is good but its just not my bag.

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Was just thinking the other day that I ought to listen to something by Kendrick Lamar, given how well-received some of his records have been. I think that raised my expectations to a degree that I was prepared for something different than I got. I don’t hate it, but I don’t know… it didn’t immediately strike a chord with me. So many interludes! Anyway, I’ll listen to it again at some point but also this dick ain’t free, guys. Sorry.

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Paar nette Sachen dabei

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Hip-hop mezclado con soul en muchas canciones.

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I ddin't think I'd like it but some songs were quite vibey.

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Not as good as Good Kid MAAD City for me. 3/5.

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3

Unmemorable.

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Started awfully, hated it. But it got better as it went on. 2 would have been harsh, 3 is maybe a little generous.

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Uneven mix of rap, spoken rap and others. Interesting.

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Na verdade eu só não gosto muito de rap mesmo

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Jazzy Hip Hop classic. So long though... Best Tracks: Wesley's Theory, King Kunta, The Blacker The Berry

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Incredible album. I thought the repetition of his story was very effective, and how emotionally it moved between hope and dispair. I tried to really pay attention to the lyrics but I think lots of them went over my head. Really glad I listened to this.

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I listened some tracks and DAMN GOD THIS IS GOOD. This kind of music (rap) never caught my attention before, but now i'm impressed. Maybe in another time I would listen this album again

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Everything s gon be alright.

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Deze kende ik al! Goed album, mooie teksten. King Kunta fav.

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Pretty good front to back. Could have done without the last song, or it could have been shortened up significantly. Doubt I listen to the whole thing again, but I wouldn't turn it off if it came on.

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It is an alright album but not really memorable.

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this one might require multiple listens in order to fully appreciate all the lyrics, sampling, etc. however, it does feel a bit overrated since the album seems to be almost universally praised.

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Not my style of music but a very strong album. Powerful lyrics send a poignant message about the *still* current issues plaguing a large swath of humanity.

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OK this is cool! Probably wouldn’t put it on without prompting but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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This was pretty good, but I don't listen to rap a whole lot so probably will not come back to this

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Really good album, but I feel kind of left out…

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Very influential album with high class lyrics but musically I didn't like how many songs were cut up by interludes and spoken word passages. The rapping could have been a bit more focused, he sounded bored at times

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It’s aight, but not hyped aight.

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not a huge rap fan but was had some bangers

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Reviewing this album poses some quandaries, quandaries that are par for albums of similar themes and aspirations. What is the boundary between ambition and self-indulgence? How can one depict politically and ethnically charged disunity without falling into either morbidity, exploitation or platitude? When does nuance collapse into contradiction? How does one make an entertaining album about serious concerns wthout getting out of one's depth? Tragically, I don't think Lamar resolves those questions, and though the album is theoretically fascinating, it does not overcome its quite significant flaws. Take the scope and the eclecticism. Prima facie, its survey of jazz, soul, funk, pop and hip-hop should impress both intellectually and artistically, and occasionally it does, but it also quite often just becomes a demonstration of guile rather than inspiration, or cleverness rather than craft. I don't doubt that sampling Fela Kuti was meant as a sincere homage, but the impression is also that of a box being ticked. This aspect, that of the bet being hedged, reveals itself more obviously in the lyrics. Lamar refers to dark personal issues, such as depression, survivor's guilt and thought of suicide, but this is undercut by the comedic number For Free?, which admittedly features highly deft wordplay, but still revolves around a rather unpleasant female stereotype, which also undercuts the album's tirades against negative stereotypes. The result isn't so much variegated and kaleidoscopic as confused, leaving the listener desiring a bit more discernment. The end track of the album, Mortal Man, offers a microcosm of the album, showing both its peaks and nadirs. It shows the album's yearning for an overarching take on one man's hope and fears regarding racial harmony, but it's overlong, pretentious and rather schmaltzy in its triteness. It's based on Lamar's visit to Nelson Mandela's prison cell, yet it concludes with a constructed interview between Lamar and Tupac, where he brags about his wealth and explains the butterfly metaphor in painfully pompous and unnecessary depth. Again, I believe the intentions were honest, but it ends up cluttered and self-inconsistent. There is great stuff to be found on here, but one never loses the sense that the fantastic 40-minute album carvable from this 80-minute one would be much more satisfying and potent. (Actually, while I'm here, I'd like to take a star off my review of Ceelo Green... is the Soul Machine. It has similar faults to To Pimp a Butterfly, but To Pimp a Butterfly is a more interesting album.)

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I don't get it

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Not my bag at all, but there's weighty issues in the lyrics and musicianship on display. I respect it without enjoying it

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Obviously it's really good - just not my thing.

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A real mixed bag. Some inspiring stuff. Some shite

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A no holds barred look at life for young African Americans in the USA. Some of the production is super soul/jazz/funk and some is very spare and spoken word. Not sure if I liked it, but I have to respect it.

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Not a generally hip hop fan here by I like to give myself every opportunity to quality hip hop if available.. Glad I did. I like this album Mostly speaks to his race but I respect that cause it takes it self very seriously artistically. Good production.Nice lyrism melodies and rhythm.

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So I started my last review "I've never heard any Kendrick Lamar" and I guess the generator felt I needed more education beyond good kid, m.A.A.d city. Happily I enjoyed the last one so bring it on, generator! I'm pretty sure this is the second newest album I've been presented so far out of more than a hundred. Starts right out sounding like it could be the theme song to a half hour comedy tv show (except for some of the specific words used). A similar dreamy cinematic vibe as the last album, but somehow more aggressive and also more melodic. Ah, an interlude. Oh wait, this one is completely fabulous. I know I'm only scratching the surface as far as references go, but the generator also just gave me Michael Jackson's Bad and I'm old enough to have watched Roots when it came out so I had someplace to start with King Kunta. I didn't always get a handle on the rest of the songs, though, to be honest. Unlike the last album, which felt like one work in several parts, this album feels more like a "traditional" album: collection of different songs. Clearly related thematically the tracks are otherwise quite diverse. I also appreciate a well placed saxophone. These songs aren't for me or about my experiences and that's ok. I can still recognize and appreciate the brilliance. Which isn't always true, I often don't like music that isn't for me. I enjoyed good kid, m.A.A.d city more but To Pimp a Butterfly feels more culturally important. Both deserve the accolades they've received.

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Was not psyched about this one, absolutely hate the album title. What does "to pimp a butterfly" even mean? But I was surprised, it's not as bad as I expected. There's good stuff here. I appreciate Lamar's commentary and lyricism. The content here is infinitely more interesting than the run of the mill drugs, guns, girls blustering bravado that I hate about most rap and hip hop and can't connect with.

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Bueno

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Was better than good kid, m.a.a.d city but still didn't fully vibe with it.

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Too many filler tracks surround the meat and potatoes of this. When the album shines it shines brightly. Sadly there aren’t enough of those moments.

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Good music but dont like the wahy that the story is told. Read something for him from wikipedia Kendrick Lamar Duckworth (born June 17, 1987) is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Since his mainstream debut in 2012 with Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Lamar has been regarded as one of the most influential rappers of his generation and one of the greatest rappers of all time. Aside from his solo career, he is also known as a member of the hip hop supergroup Black Hippy alongside his Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) labelmates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q.

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Never really saw the appeal of Kendrick and this hasn’t changed my mind. I guess it’s kind of cool that he’s have a mental breakdown for our benefit? I usually rate hip hop on these criteria: Flow - kind of interesting but not amazing. Production - hit and miss, some funky licks but too jazzy for me, pretty messy at times. The major highlight being that Isley Bros reworking. Content - again, hit and miss. Too many N bombs for me to be comfortable with, shut up about God for a minute and i won’t think your an idiot and also: Boo Boo? Tone - can’t stand his nasal pitch, really off putting for me. He’s doing some interesting stuff and is brutally honest with his mental state but I just can’t get past the delivery.

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Know next to nothing about Kendrick - enjoyed some of the flow on this, but nothing really spectacular leapt out.

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Hip-hop mezclado con soul en muchas canciones. Ni fu ni fa.

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Not my cuppa tea

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Ei tarvinnut kahdesti kuunnella, aika skeidaa

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Kannte ihn nur von seinem Beitrag auf einem The Weeknd-Album. Yo-nigger-Compton-conflicted-streets-hood-irgendwelche Gangs-Wortspiel||repeat Das ist so ermüdend und irrelevant (und musikalisch nur so leidlich interessant), dass ich beim 10. Song ausmachen musste. Ich werde den Eindruck nicht los, dass ihm in Europa eine so hohe Bedeutung bei gemessen wird, weil er wegen seiner gesellschaftspolitischen Relevanz in den USA von der hiesigen Journaille über den grünen Klee gelobt wird. Aber rappen kann er wie kaum ein zweiter.

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@@½. Just can't deal with this crap anymore. Nothing like his first album, but a couple of nice joints.

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Not really into it.

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It's obviously good but I'm not into it.

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Aight. Easy to listen to. Kind of white stripes esque

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There's so much to process here. The album is has so much going for it. However, when I rate it by my standard system, I'll probably not listen to it more than once a year. The last song was just too long. I'm not sure of the purpose.

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Incorporates more jazz influence than I would've expected. Slightly repetitive? Heard "40 acres and a mule" on at least 3 tracks.

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Nope

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2/5

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Plutôt sympa mais pas mon style de musique.

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I couldn't listen to all of the songs all the way through. I understand swearing is a part of certain genres/ albums, but it's hard for me to listen to when there's a large quantity of it. To be honest there isn't a lot of rap that catches my attention. However, I did like the jazz influence in this album and listening to some of the themes in the lyrics. If rap was more of my cup of tea, I could see myself liking this more. I liked King Kunta and These Walls in this album.

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Poewee zeg, wat een gejank. Heel nerveus werd ik ervan.

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Well, it´s not my thing, I guess. I am still enjoying more of a 90s rap (hip hop). However I really liked some the songs (2nd part is definetely better), the combination of different genres worked very well and lyrics were also sometimes quite interesting. Nevertheless most of the time I was simply bored, maybe the fact, that I don´t live in the US, has also some influence.

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Yeah not a fan

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Honestly a little better than I thought, but just wasn't my kind of music.

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ik its a classic but i dont vibe except the hits...

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Talented, but not my thing

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Not my cup of tea, could barley listen to the album all the way through but I think the albums story is good. Love how each song bleeds into the next

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Not my thing

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Not my cup of tea

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Some tracks have great backing, some tracks have great rapping, but all in all not my cup of tea.

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the music is very very smooth like a milkshake, but the lyrics are painfully dull to listen to.

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Forgettable.

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I am not a rap or hiphop person. And if I was going to get into it, I wouldn't start with this album. Almost every song I wanted to change to something else but to remind myself that I need to finish it. It's obviously well crafted, and I like the jazz backdrop to the songs. Lamar clearly understands music history and worked it into the album. But I just really don't like it. I don't tend to like heavily processed things in general, let alone when it's done in a genre I don't care for. There were areas where I couldn't even understand the choice, with weird awkward voices as the singer. I want to give it 1 star, because I REALLY don't like this album. But it's really just so outside of my wheelhouse there was no way I was going to find much in the album. But it's very well crafted, and I like the jazzy backdrop enough to at least avoid giving it 1 star.

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Sehr explizit und sehr gangsta

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Nicht meins!

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2/5 not my cup of hip hop tea

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Not for me. I can appreciate some of the musical skill on display, but it was a slog to get through it.

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meh. hard to listen to.

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ehhh, 1st album is better

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Socially and politically charged lyrics over varied and interesting music. A serious and often heavy album, in terms of content. Easy to see why this is critically acclaimed. 'The Blacker The Berry' and 'i' the standout tracks. 2.5/5.

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Wtf?! I was really excited to listen to this album because I've never listened to any Kendrick Lamar music but always heard he's great. But this...The strange musical arrangements, the collaborations with other artists that just didn't sound good, the overuse of cuss words just sounded stupid, the repetitive lyrics at times, the different voices he'd use including one that sounded like he rapped a whole song while going through puberty! Fucking weird. I didn't enjoy it much and it was underwhelming. I appreciated the creativity and uniqueness though.

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This band is not my styl.

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The superbole, hype and gushing praise for this album is utterly lost on me. I've tried listening to it several times. I just don't get it. Sure, there's a couple of tracks on here that I've found myself tapping my foot to, and I can tell that it is excellently produced... But I just don't get it. It doesn't click. It may well be pearls before swine, but I just can't take this above a 2 based on the fact that while I didn't enjoy it in any meaningful way, I would not actively go out of my way to turn any given track of it off.

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1-2

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Just really not my thibg

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Eh, not really my thing. I still tried to listen with an open mind but just didn't enjoy it. I do appreciate that there was more diversity of musical styles than expected. 2 stars.

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Disappointed

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Stand out track - i

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Otro más de música racial, pero del siglo XXI. No me dice nada

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Fuck off you cunts

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It's probably a compliment to young Kendrick but this is modern jazz. It just aimlessly babbles along without even a hint of a melody, hook line or chorus. I don't know how it could be anything other than background music, you can't actively listen to it. Meh, I don't hate it so that's a bonus.

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Hip hop. Como todo el hip hop

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It's simply not for me. I just don't like this kind of music, no matter how much I listen to it. I can recognize that there is some real musical talent here, but it's just an absolute slog to get through.

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I liked it better when i first listened to it. The hype when this album came out, made it sound like Kendrick was the new JayZ. I guess my exceptions tainted that listen through. I'm still not sure if I understand the hype. When he dabbles in jazz he completely loses me. I guess I'm stuck on late 90s early 2000s rap singles.

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I've tried and tried to get into his music given the popularly but I can't. Given it 2 stars for King Kunta...

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"Shit don't change until you get up and wash yo' ass"... I just... c'mon man

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Really struggled to get past the first 30 seconds of each song. This is not an album for me!

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Unbearable. No one cares if the dick is free or not.

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A mi parecer el único rapero con voz de pito puede ser Eminem por qué es blanquito, no puedo con la voz de este cabrón y su rapeo intenso y sin sentido. A lo mejor es un disco relevante pero no me aporta nada y no creo que debería estar en la lista

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Este álbum me costó bastante trabajo escucharlo. De hecho me "forcé" un poco a escucharlo dos veces, pero este estilo de hip hop definitivamente no es lo mío.

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I'd prefer Hedley Lamar.

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Not interesting, explicit, meaningless for me

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Hate it. Hate literally everything about it. I'm a bit biased though.

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I promise the rating does not come from any pre-existing bias.

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Poop

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Kan ik niks mee...

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pff,

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Nope, not my vibe.

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One good song (King Kunta). Don't like the rest. Says nigga ALL the time.

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Don’t get this genre, sorry

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Vulgar, tuneless, atonal. Unlistenable.

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An awful album because of the N word usage.

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Zero Fucking Stars. Does that offend you? Here are some lyrics from this "album" that offended me. "Every nigga is a star, ayy, every nigga is a star" "Fuck you, motherfucker, you a ho-ass nigga" "I don't want you monkey-mouth motherfuckers" "Zoom, zoom, zoom, shit" "What can I blame you for? Nigga, I can name several" "Nigga, we gon' be alright" "I don't give a fuck about no politics in rap, my nigga" "Moonshine and gin, nigga you're babblin', your words ain't flatterin'" "You're fuckin' evil. I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey" "Askin' "where the hoes at?" to impress me" "So I promise this, nigga" "When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?"

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Zero stars. Total crap. Has no respect for himself or his race. Too many 'nigga's.

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F.ck this sh.t

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Zero. Total Crap. Can't believe people like this.

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Some of the tracks I enjoyed to background music. But the vocal style just isn't my thing.

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Worst music ever.

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Es ist wohl große Kunst, aber nicht für mich

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1 Stern für Flow und Beats. Sonst bin ich zu alt für dieses Ghetto-Gehabe.

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Not a fan at all

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Para ser Rap o por lo menos lo que minimamente entiendo como rap, es bastante musical, es decir mas que palabras dichas rapidamente, aunque tiene bastante de eso tambien. De cualquier modo no es lo mio.

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Leuke beats, maar dat praten over negers vind ik maar niks.

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Not for me

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No

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Average rapping with average R&B. Instantly forgettable.

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To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (2015) We hear radiant, alluring, artful, and sophisticated sounds and richly poetic verbal cadences, expressing deeply held cultural and political concerns with an emotional depth that is authentic and resonant. There’s plenty on this album to be profitably analyzed and appreciated, BUT: The profanity is gratuitous, intense, and ubiquitous, completely spoiling the listening experience. That’s a shame. 1/5

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mehhh

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¿Pero qué broma es ésta? Muy malo. 1

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I admit that a lot of the nuance of this album is lost on me. This probably wasn't a good first album on the list. But it sounds great, the production is varied and exemplary, and the lyrics (that I got) were fantastic

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Oh hey - Dre's called in

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You Ain’t Gotta Lie is my favorite song off this album I think! - Lauren

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8 out of 10

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