Kendrick Lamar’s surprise release of To Pimp A Butterfly is already making VIBE’s Monday one of the best days in 2015 so far. As the empowering music blasts through our speakers, K.Dot’s thought provoking lyrics bring us to a very critical and socially-aware state of mind.
These aren’t your average raps. No, there aren’t records about partying all night long or shooting up the block because somebody looked at you wrong — Kendrick is delivering the ghetto gospel here. As the Compton king’s new songs penetrate your brain cells, slow down, and analyze the words that he so desperately wanted Tupac to hear.
On the album’s very last track, “Mortal Man,” the rapper mentally interviews ‘Pac and then offers up a poem (penned by a close friend) that best describes his album.
“Kendrick Lamar: The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it. It’s only job is to eat or consume everything around it in order to protect itself from this Maad City. While consuming its environment, the caterpillar begins to notice ways to survive. One thing it notices is how much the world shuns him but praises the butterfly
The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness and the beauty within the caterpillar. But having a harsh outlook on life, the caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak and figures out a way to pimp it to its own benefits. Already surrounded by this Maad City, the caterpillar goes to work on the cocoon which institutionalizes him. He can no longer see past his own thoughts, he’s trapped. While trapped inside these walls certain ideas take root. Such as ‘goin home and bringing back new concepts to this Maad City.’ The result: wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant. Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending a lifetime of struggle. I know the caterpillar and the butterfly are different. They are one in the same.”
What’s your perspective on that? Pac… Pac…
Album Stream: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ Is Out NOW