Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”

To Pimp a Butterfly came on the heels of Lamar’s life-changing trip to South Africa and the recording took place during the civil unrest following the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. The result is a strikingly socially aware record that showed exponential growth in every way from his successful debut. The sophomore record was nominated for Best Album at the 2016 Grammys and established Lamar as a top-tier artist.

The Oral History Of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, 2.15.16