To Pimp A Butterfly: A Conversation Overheard


This Christian Life

[Editor’s Note: This article is a collaboration between Colten Barnaby and Robert Redmond.]

The current climate of hip-hop often leaves me feeling disappointed. Don’t get me wrong– I can get down to the latest Travis Scott and Bobby Shmurda bangers, but it seems that most popular rap artists often regurgitate the same shallow sounds and themes, album after album. That’s why Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is a breath of fresh air in a room full of heavy smog. Not to be terse or cliche, but this album is everything that is beautiful about hip-hop. TPAB upholds the traditional elements that define the genre through a new, creative expression.  It’s a complex combination of genres, styles, emotions, and stories that flow together smoothly to create a holistic portrait. One moment it’s a fast-paced, groovy funk coupled with free jazz; the next, it’s smooth and bluesy, sprinkled with a classic…

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