Album name has been announced: To Pimp A Butterfly. March 23rd is the release date.
George Clinton, on Wesley’s Theory (first song of the album):
When the four corners of this cocoon collide, you’ll slip through the cracks hoping that you’ll survive. Gather your wind, take a deep look inside, are you really who they idolize? To pimp a butterfly.
First Impressions from S80:
The album is highly emotional, and Kendrick’s passion shines through on every single track. Even “i,” which got somewhat lukewarm reception from fans upon its release, feels vital in context of the album. It’s much needed catharsis after an album full of vented anger and frustration. If section.80 set the stage for the story of Kendrick’s life on good kid, m.A.A.d city, then To Pimp A Butterfly shifts focus to Kendrick’s place in the macro. It feels like the album Kendrick wanted to make all along, but didn’t have the means or words to do it yet: he had to tell his story before he could move on to the bigger picture.
Kendrick crafted To Pimp A Butterfly too intricately to be able to fully deconstruct it after a few listens, and there’s far too much packed into this 80-minute record to be able to touch on everything (plus, we wouldn’t want to give everything away). But when all is said and done, To Pimp A Butterfly is potentially one of the most important albums of this generation, and more-so possibly Kendrick’s best work to date. You will not be disappointed.