Does Kendrick Lamar Call Out Kanye West on ‘King Kunta’?

March 26, 2015 9:16 AM

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The critical circle jerk over Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, has been relentless, with the 27-year-old Compton rapper’s latest hailed as “an inspiration” by Kanye West and positively frolic-worthy according to Taylor Swift. In a saliva-drenched review, The Verge championed it as “the best album of the 21st century, the best hip-hop album since Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die and Nas’ Illmatic in 1994, and it cements Kendrick Lamar’s spot as an all-time great.” Exhale.

To Pimp a Butterfly is indeed an eclectic LP of ferocious creativity. It’s the hip-hop equivalent of that futuristic train in Snowpiercer—in perpetual poetic motion, like a piece of modern kinetic art. And the dense, politically tinged lyrics are borderline impermeable on first listen, requiring rep...

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