This album is so bad! I hated this album so much! And I still don't even hate it as much as I did when I heard it on iTunes… it's like the last album I had complete faith in was… Tupac's To Pimp A Butterfly.
But, while Kanye's previous album is mostly divisive among both fans and critics, To Pimp a Butterfly features one of the best and most complex narratives of modern hip-hop.
Kendrick Lamar's lyrics can be surprisingly philosophical and hypnotic at the same time. In many of his songs he makes dark, brutal and pessimistic observations, asking us to relate to his worldview
But it still sucks because he doesn't speak "clever" or anything. Instead, he pulls an old stock trick by shamelessly copying the music of other artists. Most "experimental" rappers tend to copy the style of his or her idol, and make little or no attempt to develop their own sound.
Which is why we only consider Kendrick Lamar to be a genius. Why think less of him because he doesn't have the "X" factor? Why label him as innovative for not knowing "Pharrell"? Kendrick Lamar has proven that he can't be a good rapper unless he borrows from pop artists and he has started to take that life in stride, perhaps because he has a pop icon by his side. To call him an innovator for not having "X-factor" is a disservice to a creator that is just developing into his power.
I will, however, say that I don't understand why Kendrick is the only one not writing with The Weeknd. Granted, that could just be a case of Kanye West not being in the studio
Overall, To Pimp a Butterfly I'd a boring slog of an album and should have been given to a good rapper. Too bad, because otherwise, this album deserves a 5/5