For one reason or another, I woke up at 7 AM and was incapable of falling back asleep.
I decided to check out a song or two on the new Kendrick Lamar album. I really didn’t expect to listen to the entire thing. Then once more. And then one more time after that because there’s just SO. MUCH. THERE.
And while I’m definitely not going to be happy later today about running on four hours of sleep, listening through To Pimp A Butterfly again and again this morning has been one of the most emotionally and intellectually stimulating experiences of my life. So exhilarating that for hours this morning, I sat at my computer jotting down notes on the messages and themes he explores, and tried to unpack it here.
I actually haven’t read a single review of this album before listening to it and don’t plan to. In a world at a million crossroads that has taught us to grow jaded to the evil that plagues it, I’m confident that this will be the most important, relevant album of 2015, and I hope you'll listen through this masterpiece in its entirety at least once.
Here's a link to the album on Spotify: