To Pimp A Butterfly

by Kendrick Lamar

Released on Polydor Associated Labels

Following up the masterpiece that was 2012's Good Kid M.A.A.D City was going to be no mean feat but Kendrick Lamar does it here with ease.

The most creative rapper in the world has blasted back with an album that combines both classic straight up g-funk and more spaced out jazzy beats and takes his lyricism to another level. From the singles 'I', 'King Kunta' and 'The Blacker The Berry' to more off the wall songs like 'Wesley's Theory' and 'Complexion (A Zulu Love)' the album flows effortlessly.

At times thoughtful and introspective and others inspiringly rousing, this is an album showcasing an artist at the peak of their powers and nobody has made hip hop sound as vital in a long time. An instant classic.

by Gavin hmv Hereford