Kendrick Lamar’s 3rd studio album To Pimp A Butterfly (TPAB), was one of this era’s best pieces of art and arguably one of the best rap albums to ever be created. The title was originally going to be called TU Pimp A Caterpillar to spell out Tupac but the Compton rapper later changed it. It just shows the level of impact Tupac had on a young Kendrick Lamar and you will hear his influence through Kendrick’s anticultural activist attitude in addition to his conscious introspective side.
In this article, we want to relay 3 of the most impactful songs on the album to show the level of writing, transparency, and introspection Kendrick shows in these songs. The GodHype category is only for the best of the best. In the end, you can vote on whether you agree or disagree with the position this article is taking. I ask the viewer to not only listen to the three songs that will be linked to this article but the album as a whole before making a clear point for or against the notion that Kendrick has made one of the greatest rap albums in existence.
Kendrick’s 3 songs on self reflection/discovery
These three songs best depict Kendrick’s message of self turmoil and the identity crises’ of the black man. Then goes into self-healing and turning back self-hate through delving into what is truly hurting Kdot in U. To concluding with self-love and being real with one’s self in blacker the berry and i, these songs deal with the truth and the power that comes with speaking that truth. This was a great therapy session for the culture and shows why Kendrick is one of the greatest to ever do it.
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