Watch/Decipher: Kendrick Lamar Releases Official Album Title, Artwork (Now w/Tracklist)


We’re getting closer and closer to March 23 and the anticipated release of the current King of Compton (and New York, still?)’s latest album and apparently it’s called “To Pimp a Butterfly,” which evokes some brilliant collab between Shakespeare and Iceberg Slim, which in a way is the kind of world that Kendrick consistently approximates in his lyrics.

Let it be said too that if TPAB isn’t the title, I’d be just as fine with “Do Owl Shit Stank?”

As for the current rhymer for the people’s view of America — which can be seen in the confirmed album artwork (the title is still assumed and iTunes still hasn’t updated its Kendrick album info) — its certainly evocative and maybe even welcome, though you can’t help but feel it to be dated as we enter the final years of the Obama administration. It’s more like something a Def Jam comic would have imagined in ’94.

To ever see such a scene on the White House lawn doesn’t seem feasible in this nation we live in, it may not even be what we really need, but maybe we shouldn’t just give up on it yet — just because something is impossible, like pimping a butterfly, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make for something beautiful for the imagination to hold on to.

*UPDATE* — Tracklist has been released (DJ Booth via Rap-Up)

1. “Wesley’s Theory”
2. “For Free? (Interlude)”
3. “King Kunta”
4. “Institutionalized”
5. “These Walls”
6. “U”
7. “Alright”
8. “For Sale? (Interlude)”
9. “Momma”
10. “Hood Politics”
11. “How Much a Dollar Cost”
12. “Complexion”
13. “The Blacker the Berry”
14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”
15. “i”
16. “Mortal Man”

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