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"To Pimp A Butterfly" - Kendrick Lamar [Official Full Album Stream]

Chris Tart

by Chris Tart

Published March 16, 2015

Kendrick Lamar's third studio album was accidentally leaked last night, over a week before its release date. As a result, the 16-track album is now available to stream in full above.

Following Kendrick's universally praised good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp A Butterfly is one of 2015's most anticipated albums and the leak has Twitter in a frenzy. Anthony Tiffith, CEO of Top Dawg Entertainment, took to Twitter to say the leak was Interscope's fault.

The record features a wild variety of sounds, perhaps the widest of any rap album in recent history, featuring assistance from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, Bilal, Boi-1da, Ronald Isley, and more. Musically, it draws from Bitches Brew-era psychedelic jazz, experimental beat culture à la Flying Lotus and Knxwledge, and G-funk roots. Lyrically, Kendrick takes us on an absolutely insane roller-coaster ride. This can be demonstrated clearly with the depression-riddled "u" to the all-time high "i," which essentially exist on opposite sides of the spectrum of human emotions.

Flying Lotus, who produced the first track on the album, shed a bunch of insight in a series of tweets directly following the leak. He expressed that the George Clinton feature was a dream come true and that he gave Kendrick a bunch of beats originally reserved for Captain Murphy (FlyLo's rapping alter ego).

To Pimp A Butterfly is available for order on Amazon (CD, MP3), but you can also stream the full album for free above via Spotify.

For Kendrick Lamar's music, news, and tour dates, check out his Zumic Artist Page.

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