The wait is over. Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, unofficially arrived Sunday night (March 15), much to the chagrin of executives at Top Dawg Entertainment. If you were lucky, you were able to download the album via iTunes and Spotify before TDE put the kibosh on that.
Fans’ reactions, via Twitter, have been mixed so far. Some love it while others need more time to digest the music. Other listeners compare Lamar’s album to that of the Black Panther Party movement in terms of the his pro-black lyrical content. Then there are supporters making the connection between Lamar’s music and that of Parliament-Funkadelic.
@kendricklamar got my heart beating. Black Panther vibe!!!
— A$AP Blaq (@TheBlackBlaq) March 15, 2015
I just got the new kendrick lamar album its really soulfull and funky but he blends rap with it too its a game changer
— Dj Core Sharp (@DjCoreSharp) March 16, 2015
However, there are a few rap fans who aren’t feeling Lamar’s LP overall. Some consider the subject matter to be boring while others aren’t fond of the production.
I usually like all west coast rappers, but Kendrick Lamar gets no play In the challenger
— Tyrin Spencer (@tyrinspencer) March 16, 2015
Kendrick Lamar is so overrated. I like some of his music and I'm not saying he's bad but he's not as good as everyone says.
— turtle (@allenhiallen) March 16, 2015
Songs like the previously released “i” and “The Blacker the Berry” are included on the effort as well as the recently leaked “King Kunta.”
Check out more fans’ reactions to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly album below.
Happy Kendrick Lamar day ??
— ??a?? (@CRAZEARONI) March 16, 2015
Kendrick Lamar album drop and everybody black panthers all of a sudden
— Alou Manatti Jr. (@ihaterooster) March 16, 2015
This Kendrick Lamar album is Foreign Exchange meets A Spike Lee Joint! I dig it. Not for the simple/boxed minded.
— Richy Smart (@ItsRichySmart) March 16, 2015
Kendrick Lamar is terrible…This guy was supposed to be the future of rap? #ToPimpAButterfly is the worst album I've heard in years!
— Terry Welbanks (@TerryWelbanks) March 16, 2015
Whatever I was gonna do today is cancelled. All I need is a pot of coffee, silence, and @kendricklamar's new amazing album.
— Alex St. Kitts (@alexstkitts) March 16, 2015
Kendrick Lamar has dropped the second greatest album of this rap generation. Its so much more than music.
— Seañ Ryañ (@sebasteannn) March 16, 2015
Kendrick Lamar is a poet. A great one at that.
— rest east dad (@FurthestThingDC) March 16, 2015
Me looking for Kendrick Lamar's new album on the net like: pic.twitter.com/QOUpYkHf10
— Luther.M (@Luda01) March 16, 2015
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Why everybody hating on Kendrick Lamar ya'll lame
— matt (@Matt_anjo) March 16, 2015
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