Kendrick Lamar Talked About Crafting ‘TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY’
Kendrick Lamar fans are looking forward to the sequel to 2017’s DAMN.
In Episode 3 of the second episode of The Big Hit Show podcast, host Alex Pappademas detailed K. Dot’s third studio album, To Pimp a Butterfly.
During the episode, Kendrick details how he and his co-creators have blurred the line between Hip Hop and Jazz using. a group of Los Angeles-based musicians who have been playing together since high school.
“Yeah I’m just trying stuff, throwing the paint on the wall and writing as these incredible musicians rock out,” he said. “I like that for eight bars. I like that. like that. so . . . prior to the album actually coming out the shit actually sounded way more complex.”
“You know a song that did that was a second record on that album called ‘For Free,’” he remembered. “I was in the studio with my guy Terrace Martin. One of my longtime producers and friend. And he was just putting me up on a lot of Miles Davis at the time. Just really schooling me and educating me you know.
“Miles is playing and you know he’s doing these skats and these rhythms. And man I said to myself, ‘I wanna be able to do that, but I wanna rap that way.’ And you know, be on that cadence and it’s super out of pocket, but you know it’s very jazz, it’s very Miles Davis influenced. And the rhythms were weird, but it was what I was feeling at the time. It was what I was inspired by what Terrace was telling me. He was like, ‘Man, you gotta be unapologetic. If you’re going to go there, you gotta go there.’”
And Kendrick went there. We can say that To Pimp A Butterfly came in 2015 with the contributions of Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Ronald Isley and Rapsody.
“The significance to Mo’ Better Blues to this process or any process, it’s a fucking movie about some gangster shit with jazz at the backdrop in the middle of the prime time of Hip Hop,” Martin explained. “That means Spike Lee said, ‘Fuck what’s going on! He made a movie with jazz as the … background to real life. That movie just meant what we were trying to do, too. In the midst of everything going on this way, let’s go this way. And let me just be clear with everybody, the music jazz … It’s the only music that says, ‘I dare you. Dare you.’”
Kendrick Lamar Earned Seven Nominations At The 2016 Grammy Awards
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It earned seven nominations at the 2016 Grammy Awards, including nominations for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year.