Snap Judgments on Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

March 16, 2015 12:48 PM

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Surprise! Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is here a week ahead of schedule. Though if you ask some within his label, its release to iTunes — which strangely made the censored version available first — maybe wasn't as intentional as it looked. Then again, according to Kendrick's tweets, it may have all been part of a plan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 2Pac's Me Against the World. (The legendary rapper even makes an eerie cameo at the album's end.) Either way, there's finally a new Kendrick album out in the world — so we stayed up all night to present our bleary first impressions, obviously.

"Wesley's Theory" feat. George Clinton and Thundercat Is there a better way to begin an album this racially ignited than with a sample of Boris Gardiner's "Every Nigger Is a Star"? Probably not. It's also a hell of a way to introduce what we can only assume is Kendrick's riff on the butterfly effect...

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