There seems to be a colony of culture critics going around bashing Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, for favor of nothing in particular. My immediate take on it was that the noise makes for more publicity on an album that was released two seasons ago… For better or worse, if people are still talking about it and him, it’s a good thing. That old adage, “all publicity is good publicity” is ever appropriate.
Then a little initial disgust set in, but I had to be honest with myself: I didn’t listen to TPAB in its entirety until the weather broke. It was damn near summer. I just don’t listen to new hip hop like I used to. Don’t get me wrong. I listen to hip hop, just not these new cats. But Kendrick isn’t one of those. Not to me. In truth, I’ve been bumpin’ his shit since “Bitch I’m In The Club,” back in 2009. Read more