To Pimp A Butterfly (studio album) by Kendrick Lamar
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To Pimp A Butterfly is ranked as the best album by Kendrick Lamar.
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 89.7/100, a mean average of 87.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 89.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.3.
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I'm not a hip-hop fan by any measure, but this is definitely a masterpiece. I love the jazzy elements included here.
Favorite Tracks: Wesley's Theory, Institutionalized, How Much a Dollar Cost, The Blacker the Berry, Mortal Man
Best hip hop album ever made
@DoctorBob lol As a Beatles fanboy for life, don't blinded by nostalgia. This album is the reason I got into hip-hop. Not a single track that sounds similar to each other. K-Dot lay out the perfect hip-hop album since Good Kid. Lyrically and musically, both equally excellent.
Amazing, no bad songs, and probably one of my most listened to albums
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So just hear me out, this is easily a contender for best album of the 2010's, and maybe even the best rap album ever made. I'm not trying to troll or completely discredit the praise this album deserves. It also deserves to be in the top 200 albums of all time, at least... but 23rd?! It just doesn't seem right or deserving. I know we all listen to an album and think "this is the best album ever!!!", but then you listen to the next album, and realized just how much good music in any genre is out there. This is A+ material and will help even the most cynical rap hater appreciate the possibilities it brings, but take a second look at just the top 50 on this website and ask yourself if this album truly deserves to be #23 forever and ever. The album is close to perfect, but the top 200 could be considered perfect depending on who you ask. Here's some minor gripes as the devil's advocate: For Free will get very annoying after a couple listens, and would have worked better as an instrumental; i is arguably the best song on the album with an incredible live band recording that is totally ruined and cut short by the redundant banter 3 minutes in. Everything said in the last 3 minutes of i has already been expressed and articulated in all the other songs. This was the chance to let the band rip and go off for a few extra minutes, but it's cut short at the best part and the climax of the song and the message. It also should have been the last song on the album swapped with Mortal Man. With all that said, I'd rather this album be rated 23rd All-Time than critically panned and forgotten. So take what I say with a grain a salt and come to your own conclusion. It is an experience not unlike The Wall or Songs In The Key of Life.
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I disagree with what Fantano said. I do think that towards the end (especially "you ain't gotta lie" and "I") the album sounds with a little trendier beats and sound. However, I do love love love love love the rest of the album. I can't say anything else that hasn't been written to oblivion, but it really is just an amazing album.
I can't say anything that hasn't already been said. So conceptually dense. Top 10 hip hop album all time.
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