To Pimp a Butterfly is the third studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on March 15, 2015, by Top Dawg Entertainment and Aftermath Entertainment, and distributed by Interscope Records. The album is a follow-up to Lamar's platinum selling, multi-Grammy Award nominated, critically acclaimed major-label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012). Due to an error on the part of Interscope Records, the album was released on iTunes and Spotify a week earlier than scheduled.
The album was recorded in studios throughout the United States, with executive production from Dr. Dre and Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. Boi-1da, Flying Lotus, Terrace Martin, Pharrell Williams, Knxwledge, Sounwave, Thundercat and several other hip hop producers also contributed. The album is influenced by aspects of funk, jazz and spoken word.
Upon its release, To Pimp a Butterfly received widespread acclaim from music critics, who praised Lamar's introspective lyrics and varied rap flow techniques, as well as the music production's density and eclecticism, and the storytelling and thematic concepts. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 96 out of 100, based on 44 reviews. The album topped the Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks and reached the top 10 in several countries worldwide. It was supported by four singles: "i", "The Blacker the Berry", "King Kunta" and "Alright".
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