Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly Soars to New Heights

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(GEMS RADIO)—Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is the highest rated of all time now. This is according to Rate Your Music.

Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly surpassed Radiohead’s OK Computer to achieve the number one slot on Rate Your Music. The album, which was released in March 2015, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 324,000 copies in its first week.

Lamar revealed he took a trip to Africa that inspired the jazz/rap album.

“I felt like I belonged in Africa,” he said. “I saw all the things that I wasn’t taught. Probably one of the hardest things to do is put [together] a concept on how beautiful a place can be, and tell a person this while they’re still in the ghettos of Compton. I wanted to put that experience in the music.

“There’s a separation between the light and the dark skin because it’s just in our nature to do so, but we’re all Black. This concept came from South Africa and I saw all these different colors speaking a beautiful language. I wanted to do a record like this on my debut album but I wasn’t confident enough.”

He added: “The title grasped the entire concept of the record. [I wanted to] break down the idea of being pimped in the industry, in the community and out of all the knowledge that you thought you had known, then discovering new life and wanting to share it.”

Written by: Robert Frezza

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