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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly': Dense, difficult, grandiose
Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly': Dense, difficult, grandiose

So soon after it was unexpectedly issued late Sunday, "To Pimp a Butterfly," the new record by Compton-raised rapper and lyricist Kendrick Lamar, is still settling in, less a voluminous whole than a germinal swirl of phrases, grooves, bass lines and themes both personal and political working to find purchase.  "I got a bone to pick!" "I went to war last night." The bounced-beat chants of "King Kunta!" "Obama say what it do?" The dance hall hook in "The Blacker the Berry"; the revelatory last verse of "For Free." The frantic strangeness of "u," which features a raw-throated performance worthy of Martin...

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