An Introspective Look Behind 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

Kendrick Lamar opens up for the Grammys.

By
Music
7,046 Hypes 0 Comments

Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly leads the upcoming 58th Grammy Awards with a staggering 11 nominations, including Album of the Year. To kick off this milestone, the awards show interviewed the Compton rapper about the history and inspiration behind his album. It’s an introspective look behind the soul of his album, one that took root during a life-changing trip to South Africa and consequently converted the artist into a “conscious rapper.”

The title grasped the entire concept of the record. [I wanted to] break down the idea of being pimped in the industry, in the community and out of all the knowledge that you thought you had known, then discovering new life and wanting to share it.

I felt like I belonged in Africa. I saw all the things that I wasn’t taught. Probably one of the hardest things to do is put [together] a concept on how beautiful a place can be, and tell a person this while they’re still in the ghettos of Compton. I wanted to put that experience in the music.”

Read the full interview here and catch Kendrick’s Grammy Awards performance on February 15.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

What Do YOU Think T.L.O.P. Stands For?
Music

What Do YOU Think T.L.O.P. Stands For?

It’s a guessing game for Season 3 tickets and “free Yeezys,” according to the man himself.

Air Jordan 5 Retro Low "All Star"
Footwear

Air Jordan 5 Retro Low "All Star"

Icy camo.

Opening Ceremony Launches a China-Centric Year of Collections
Fashion

Opening Ceremony Launches a China-Centric Year of Collections

Includes the Pearl River Mart capsule collection.


POW! WOW! Hawaii x Montana 2016 Limited Edition Spray Can
Arts

POW! WOW! Hawaii x Montana 2016 Limited Edition Spray Can

A pairing of two respected street art mainstays.

Drake's "Summer Sixteen" Single Sets a Personal Sales Record
Music 

Drake's "Summer Sixteen" Single Sets a Personal Sales Record

Are we nearing Peak Drake?

Supreme Paris Rumored to Be Opening in Spring
Fashion

Supreme Paris Rumored to Be Opening in Spring

The brand’s second European outpost.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.