Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
May 13, 2019
100
Okay, so it's 2019 and I'm sure pretty much everyone has settled on the fact that this is great. Rather than making a repetitive review, I think I'll just list every moment that grabbed my attention after listening to it again for like the 100th time (spoiler: there's a lot)...

Wesley's Theory:
-The faint crackling sounds before and during the Bordis Gardiner sampled part that was kinda distracting
-The Boris Gardiner sample kicking off the album
-That audio glitching effect on the sample right before Josef Leimberg shows up
-Josef Leimberg: "HIT ME!" + That memorable/quotable intro from him (amazing)
-That super funky, wonky beat that gets you bouncing around
-The instrumental sounds so cool during Kendrick's 1st Chorus part
-Kendrick comes in for his first verse without messing around!
-Literally every god damn line from this first verse is PHENOMENAL
-The George Clinton refrain comes in so well
-"EVERYBODY GET OUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTT"
-2nd Chorus, the instrumental is freaking orgasmic and George Clinton has some great backup vocals
-The Dr.Dre part fits in really well after the 2nd chorus
-Kendrick 2nd verse is 🔥 and that instrumental is so pleasing
-"Pay me later, wear those gators Cliché? Then say, "Fuck your haters""
-George Clinton's bridge and refrain :)
-"taxman coming, Taxman coming, TAXMAN COMING, TAXMAN COMIIIINNNNNGG"
-Those two notes of saxophone that help transition this to the next track

For Free? (Interlude):
-That same saxophone we heard at the very end of Wesley's Theory
-Those choir vocals man, "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
-Darlene Tibbs' strange intro part
-"THIS DICK AIN'T FREEEEEEEEEEEEE" (x7)
-That piano playing alongside Kendrick's laughable verse sounds so elegant and also out of place, it's amazing
-Those percussion kicks are pretty damn lit too
-"Pity the fool that made the pretty in you prosper. Titty juice and pussy lips kept me obnoxious, Kept me up watchin' pornos in poverty; apology? No" Jesus Kendrick, CALM DOWN omg
-The instrumental gets pretty crazy near the end of Kendrick's verse
-"I'ma get my Uncle Sam to fuck you up, you ain't no king!" LMAO

King Kunta:
-That chill funky beat kicks in pretty quickly
-"I'm mad (He maad!), but I ain't stressin'"
-First Chorus sounds pretty cool
-"WHAT'S THE YAAAAMMS"
-Kendrick's first verse, he sounds like he ain't even trying and that's what's so good bout it
-That kinda depressing guitar that starts playing in the second chorus fits in well and is pleasing to my ears
-Verse 2, the instrumental is getting quite phenomenal
-Third Chorus, things are getting quite intense lol
-All of Kendrick's third verse, especially "I was gonna kill a couple rappers, but they did it to themselves Everybody's suicidal, they ain't even need my help"
-Final chorus gets interrupted by gunshots
-"By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you"
-That part right before the outro, idk it just sounds so necessary
-The funk really goes insane in the outro
-"WE WANT TH' FUNK!"
-Kendrick starts his first line of his poem

Institutionalized:
-The instrumental part at the beginning is soooo smooth
-These songs are beginning to sound a little "darker" and more serious, if you know what I mean
-Higher pitched Kendrick starting off the track
-Anna Wise and Bilal interlude really grew on me
-The instrumental switchup is amazing
-"Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom" -Snoop Dogg
-"Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit"
-Higher pitched Kendrick's first verse is good: "Life to me, like a box of chocolate. Quid pro quo, somethin' for somethin', that's the obvious. Oh shit,..."
-"I should've listened when my grandmama said to me...Shit don't change until you get up and wash yo' ass"
-The jazzy sections of the song during the Bilal hook is so intricate and memorable
-Snoop Dogg's bridge
-Kendrick comes back for another verse, but his tone of voice changes pretty drastically from the first
-"AAAAA" in the background
-"You can take your boy out the hood, but you can't take the hood out the homie" DAMN.
-"Fuck you, goodnight, thank you much for your service"

These Walls:
-Kendrick's poem recitation
-That girl sounds like she's having fun... ;) (literally sounded like a dying elephant at times)
-Those low piano notes almost made me think that this song would take a drastic darker turn
-"If these walls could talk...If these walls could talk...IF THESE WALLS COULD TAL-L-L-L-L-L-K, Sex"
-That immediate instrumental introduction fits so well into the first Anna Wise bridge of the song
-The Anna Wise bridge sounds so stylish, kinda cute too
-That funky beat that kicks in right on the hook
-"I can feel your reign when it cries, gold lives inside of you"
-Kendrick's first verse keeps the song going
-The guitar that plays alongside Kendrick's rapping
-Second verse and hook is more of the same, but not a problem at all!
-The instrumental break before the third verse is such as highlight! The fact that it goes along with the verse makes it so much more appreciative!
-"Walls telling you to listen to Sing About Me, retaliation is strong, you even dream 'bout me. Killed my homeboy and God spared your life, dumb criminal got indicted same night" The third verse really is such a lyrical highlight
-The faint jazzy instrumental at the end is phenomenal
-Kendrick's poem recitation. "Found myself screaming in the hotel room"

u:
-"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
-Uh oh, those instrumentals are giving me the chills!
-I can't believe you can make jazz sound so horrifying beside Kendrick's vocals
-The "chorus" really makes me feel for Kendrick
-Kendrick absolutely destroys himself in the first verse, and I'm feeling part of the pain too!
-Did I mention how phenomenal the instrumental for this is?
-Those female vocals in the 2nd "chorus" fit so well
-That instrumental break gave me the chills
-The Jessica Vielmas chilling dialogue part still strikes and haunts me to this day!
-That instrumental comes in so overwhelmingly for Kendrick's second verse
-Oh my god, Kendrick is crying!
-Kendrick destroys himself even more for this vers, and it hurrrrtttsss.
-"Then he died, God himself will say, "You fuckin' failed", You ain't try"
-That jazzy instrumental would sound uplifting by itself, but in context, it's so depressing
-Is that Kendrick sniffing between his second and third verse?
-Kendrick destroys himself even more for his third verse, and now I'm just like BigQuint when he first reacted to this part of the song
-Holy shit, I hear bottle crackling. It sounds so real
-The instrumental reaches its climax at the end and we're left with more bottle crackling.
-"And if I told your secrets, the world'll know money can't stop a suicidal weakness"

Alright:
-Now this track starts off sounding quite uplifting, but in context, it's still kinda depressing, and I like that lol
-The jazzy instrumental is such a highlight and steals the spotlight for this track
-That Kendrick Lamar intro is inspiring
-"We gon' be alright!"
-Kendrick's verses are pretty good and I love/appreciate the messages he's trying to get across
-The pre-chorus: not much to say, just GOOD.
-"What you want you? A house or a car? Forty acres and a mule? A piano, a guitar? Anything, see my name is Lucy, I'm your dog. Motherfucker, you can live at the mall"
-"In the presence of your chico... Ah!"
-The outro is a great way to end off the song.
-Kendrick's poem is beginning to show significance

For Sale? (Interlude):
-That dreamy Bilal intro
-The intense breathing on the intro
-Those glistening musical notes that in the intro part that sounds so pleasing
-The DAMN SAXOPHONE throughout the entire album is phenomenal
-That hook
-This song sounds so dreamy, it's like I ascended to heaven
-The Kendrick voice cracks of the first verse get me everytime! :D
-"You said Sherane ain't got nothing on Lucy I said, "You crazy?"
-"You said to me, you said your name was Lucy. I said, "Where's Ricardo?" You said, "Oh, no, not the show" *facepalm*
-The second verse when Kendrick slows down, the entire song really brings itself together.
-Those trumpets (I think, I'm not a musician) fit in so well for the third hook section
-"Bum bum bum bum buuuuuuuuum buuuuuuum buuuuuuuuum bum buuuum"
-That entire instrumental section in the end is one of the best moments of TPAB
-The sudden instrumental switch-up during Kendrick's poem recitation where everything become eerie, chilling and off-putting, like as if something was very wrong.
-Kendrick's poem recitation
-"So I went runnin' for answers, until I came home"

Momma (underrated!!):
-That unique beat and sample are INCREDIBLE.
-That little funky part after "Like a Chevy in quicksand"
-The intro is so soothing
-Kendrick's first verse starts off the track's concept really well
-That cool flow Kendrick puts to show during this part: "Gamblin' Benjamin benefits, sinnin' in traffic, spinnin' women in cartwheels, linen fabric on fashion"
-The chorus is short, but really sticks!
-Kendrick's second verse, where literally for half of it, he starts off each line with "I know"
-"I know what I know and I know it well not to ever forget, until I realized I didn’t know shit the day I came home" Oh my god, that line is so iconic and heartbreaking honestly
-That cool little instrumental part for the 2nd chorus
-The third verse really makes me feel like I was there with Kendrick during all of this
-"It's just a new trip, take a glimpse of your family's ancestor, make a new list of everything you thought was progress and that was bullshit" Another hard-hitting line that will really resonate with so many people (Honestly, why is this track not a major highlight for most people?)
-Kendrick's third verse...wow.
-The instrumental outro and switchup sounds amazing

Shit, I ran out of space! :(
Oh well, can I at least mention the "DemoCrips and Rebloodicans" line and the Killer Mike shoutout in Hood Politics? Those are fantastic moments too!

Yeah, this is amazing. It changed the way I listen to music.
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