To Pimp A Butterfly is regarded as Kendrick’s best album, a 10/10 album, the best album of the decade, or even the best rap album of all time. But in my opinion, it’s none of those.
Firstly, an album can’t be a 10/10 imo. There can’t be nothing wrong with any of the songs, and there is always room for improvement.
I do still love this album, and I think it’s still better than any album released after it by any artist. However, it is certainly not the best rap album of all time. I’m not going to include the best things about the album, because I could talk about that all day. I’m just going to state my problems with it and with peoples views on it.
First off, I don’t like when people review albums by ranking every song and then averaging them out, because there are definitely some pretty weak songs on here. Institutionalized, hood politics, for sale, momma, you ain’t gotta lie, and complexion are a few examples of these. These hold this back from being the best album of all time. I’d much rather have had untitled 2, 3, and 7 instead of these tracks. Even though these may be essential to the concept of the album, I would not really cate if they were cut out.
Second thing is people overrate some of these tracks so much. Three examples of this are with for free, U, and mortal man. Don’t get me wrong, the production on this album is amazing, but I think these songs aren’t sonically good. I’m a firm believer in songs sounding good, and lyrics can help a song sound good, but these three songs just aren’t sonically as good as some other ones. Oh yeah, and there is no way mortal man is a 10/10 track. Total bull shit with that.
In conclusion, this album for me is still great. Those 9 songs that I named are still pretty good, but I don’t think they’re all 10/10 songs, some are barely 8/10s. However, the singular tracks don’t make an album great, it all combined makes an album great. However those problems make me dislike the album enough to not have it be my favorite Kendrick album. For me, gkmc is everything that tpab isn’t.
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