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).
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