Though most have barely made it through more than one full listen yet, the internet of course demands snap opinions, here are the main conversation topics…
'Where are all the bangers?'
If your a beat first person Kendrick album isn't for you. This isn't your "bang this in your whip" joint.— #YoungWiseKing (@AuriAllen) March 16, 2015
To Pimp A Butterfly doesn't have a single Maad City or Swimming Pools. There are no icy hi-hats or shuddering bass drops, it's all free jazz, atmosphere and layered narratives.
Some are bemoaning the fact that there are no obvious songs to blast at parties, leading to…
Inevitable comparisons with Drake's latest mixtape
(and a call for calm)
Kendrick Lamar's new album is dope af but……i think i'm still gonna be running through the six with my woes— IG: CLUBGODZILLA (@BEATKINGKONG) March 16, 2015
Don't loud it, but it is honestly perfectly fine to enjoy the Kendrick album AND STILL like the Drake mixtape. I promise.— Chubbziano (@SChubbz) March 16, 2015
These comparisons are bizarre given the two artists were clearly going for very different vibes. Drake was reminding you that he owns the club like no other, while K-Dot is trying to stake a claim in hip hop history.
As someone put it on Twitter, Drake gives you what you want, Kendrick gives you what you need.
This led to an old favourite in internet hip hop debate…
Everyone who doesn't like TPAB just doesn't 'get' it
Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole actually bringing hip hop back...we in the trap/club music era right now so yall wont appreciate real hip hop.— jr windom (@juslm_) March 16, 2015
This is always problematic. On the one hand yes, we should be after more than just trap bangers and be pleased that there are talents out there as big as Kendrick trying to shift the paradigm, kick down doors, be original and expose truths.
At the same time giving this album an automatic 10 out of 10 just because it's brave and experimental is dumb. An 'important' album doesn't equal a great one, and bold, socially aware lyrics don't mean that good beats aren't important too.
With first listen reviews rolling in, to properly determine whether this is album is as good as GKMC we'll need to wait for the 56th listen reviews, or the even more telling 1056th reviews.
The outro conversation with 2Pac, created out of an old interview, is pretty cool
Pac didn't answer kendrick last question, that made me tear up so badly.— To Pimp A Butterfly (@kendricklnation) March 16, 2015