At its core, To Pimp A Butterfly is an album focused on black empowerment. However, it’s a dense album — from its themes to its conception. Kendrick Lamar still has to explain it months after the release, and this time, it’s with The Guardian.
Lamar talks about the album at length in the interview. He concedes TPAB is a dense listen: “I know it’ll be challenging for a listener who doesn’t know my music. The process of me making it is the same process the listener’s going to have to deal with, and that’s rolling with it.”
Lamar also put things to perspective during the conversation. He revealed that he penned TPAB highlight “The Blacker The Berry” after Trayvon Martin’s death on Feb. 2012.
“It’s already in your blood because I am Trayvon Martin, you know. I’m all of these kids,” Lamar says. “It’s already implanted in your brain to come out your mouth as soon as you’ve seen it on the TV. I had that track way before that, from the beginning to the end, and the incident just snapped it for me.”