To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar – 9.7

1. Wesley’s Theory – 9.4
2. For Free – 9
3. King Kunta – 9.5
4. Institutionalized – 9.2
5. These Walls – 9.1
6. U – 9.1
7. Alright – 9.7
8. For Sale – 9
9. Momma – 9.3
10. Hood Politics – 9.4
11. How Much A Dollar Cost – 9.5
12. Complexion – 9.4
13. The Blacker The Berry – 10
14. You Ain’t Gotta Lie – 9.2
15. i – 9.5
16. Mortal Man – 10

To Pimp A Butterfly is possibly one of the most important and ground breaking rap albums of all time. That being said, if I’m being perfectly honest, it took me a while to get into it. I listened to it the first day it came out and after my first listen I was like okay this is a bit strange. After a few more listens I started to understand what this album was about and once that sets into your mind then you can fully appreciate what an incredible album this really is. I could be wrong but I’m not aware of any other album of any music genre to completely use important social issues such as racism as a theme for an entire album. The important messages that Kendrick is spreading in this album makes it one of the most intelligently crafted albums of this generation. Additionally, I don’t think there’s any song I can recall that has made me feel shocked and moved after a first listen that The Blacker The Berry. Overall this is a classic and very significant album that should be heard by everyone even if it is not the easiest listen. A lot more could be said about To Pimp A Butterfly but I don’t want to waffle too much.