’15 Best Albums #1: Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

Written By: @BdotTM January 8, 2016 @ 6:00 PM EST
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King Kendrick.

Kendrick Lamar’s suffering success and we all had a front row seat. From the trappings of fame, confronting inner demons, to effectuating change, To Pimp A Butterfly rewrites the rules on survivor’s remorse.

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  • Dashing28

    The only fucking thing you guys got right.

  • Coney

    Yall really on some fuck shit

    • The Ripper

      Nah, they on some right shit!!! This album is very important for hip hop. Sorry your boy Future did not make it to #1.

      • Coney

        Nah fuck Future but not having the Documentary 2 nowhere on this list is stupid.

        • The Ripper

          Even though I am from Watts, CA , just right next door to Compton, I did noy feel that Documentary 2 album. The dude name drops too much for me. His music is all about Blood, Cuz, Dr.Dre, 50 Cent, Puffy, 2 Pac, BIG, Compton, Bomtpon, Rolling 60s, G Unit, low riders, Snoop Dogg, etc… I get tired of hearing about that shit. That album was mediocre….very modest

        • Johnny Boy

          Game is a flow jacking, name dropping, ex male stripper!

  • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

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    • THE REAL mac DIESEL

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      • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

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        • THE REAL mac DIESEL

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          DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

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          • Guest

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          • THE REAL MIKE ESCO

            ill rather post up myself in a wig… IM A PATHETIC BAMA THAT GOSSIPS ON EVERY SITE FROM TMZ TO VLAD
            !!!

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    • Da Business

      Lp will be here for a while, get use to it. Wait until the Grammys.

    • ROOM 222

      came and went? you mean like every project ya boy officer ricky puts out and still cant go platinum like kendrick?

      • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

        STAY OFF MY COMMENTS !!! FK YO FEELINGS BAMA!!!

      • THE ALMIGHTY MIKEY ESCO!!!

        BOY DONT GET NO PLAY LIKE THAT!!! HES ANNOYING FAM I JUST DONT LIKE NOTHING ABOUT HIM!!! BUT THATS MY OPINION DONT YOU LOSE SLEEP OVER MY OPINION LIFE GOES ON!!! FK YO FEELINGS!!!

  • Khaleel

    Wow, having this as number one may actually make up for putting Ross on this (let alone at number five) and leaving Vince staples and game off.

  • GiRL 6

    Facts! #KingKendrick 👑

  • Idk

    Good choice here but I still can’t get over that you guys put Ross in the top 10. Why do YN and bdot like him so much?

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      Ross album is fire. i voted for it to be hire.

  • Da Business

    👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
    STANDING OVATION FOR GETTING THIS ONE RIGHT!!!!

  • THE REAL mac DIESEL

    @ B.Dot

    ’15 BEST ALBUMS #1: KENDRICK LAMAR ‘TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY’

    ^

    THE ONE AND ONLY THING YOU’LL PROBABLY EVER GET RIGHT IN YOUR LIFE!!!! LMAO!!!! GET THOSE ACE OF SPADES ON ICE BENSON!!!! WE’RE CELEBRATIN’ YOUR PICK!!!!

    ……………….HA!!!! KING KENDRICK!!!! LYRICS & TDE OVER EVERYTHANG!!!!

    #BENSON

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

    • Winston Wolfe

      Yessir!

    • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

      You get laid yet?

      • the only laid he gets is out

        • F*ck Drake

          Oh my, lmao

      • THE REAL mac DIESEL

        YOU GOT A GIRL TO GET LAID YET??? EVER TRY CHRISTIAN MINGLE, CHURCHBOY??? HA!!!! FUCKIN’ NERD!!!!

        DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • el jim chapo guzman

    100 percent agree on this one.

  • Dashing28

    What the list Shoulda been if they kept it 100

    1. Kendrick – To Pimp A Butterfly (Fuckin classic, nuff said)

    2. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (too many hits, and his rappiest most confident album)

    3. Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise (Surprisingly great, his best album, no skippables. Musta had a lot to prove after his doo doo last album and “Control”)

    4. Pusha T – Darkest Before Dawn (Raw, no skippables, showed just enough versatility while still being Pusha. “Unbreakable” and “Crutches Crosses Caskets” but then “Sunshine” and “Retribution”)

    5. The Game – Documentary 2 (Expected it to be aight and it was his best work since Doctor’s Advocate. Cohesive, great beat selection. And The Game rapped his ass off. May have even outshined Kendrick on “On Me”. Felt inspired)

    6. Dr. Dre – Compton (Well put together album sonically, obv not his best, but still great. No “hit” record on it)

    7. Travis Scott – Rodeo (He finally broke through with a consistent album that has hits, creative music. In short, it’s what it seemed like Ye couldn’t do in 2015)

    8. A$AP Rocky – At Long Last ASAP – (Great album. MIA, Rod Stewart, Young Thug!?! Who knew? Wish Mos and Ye rapped better on it. If they cut 2 songs it’d been perfect)

    9. Rae Srummord – Sremm Life ( Surprisingly solid album, original, tons of hits and not corny)

    10. Rick Ross – Black Market – (His best album since God Forgives, I Don’t albeit a bit formulaic.”Crocodile Python”)

    • Crickets, Seriously

      *crickets*

    • Brokeback Cowboy

      Did you write that essay whilst you were taking a really long shit??

      • ITS ME

        Who gives a shit? It’s a better list than “rap”radar came up with

        • Brokeback Cowboy

          who gives a ‘shit’ ahahaha, no pun intended right!

  • Arizona Ron From Tucson

    Its real disrespect not have the Documentary 2/2.5 on this list. Besides TPAB those were the only other two albums that had replay value. RR on some real gay bullshit!

    • Guest

      You mean that compilation album? Shit had more features than himself!

      • Brian B.Dot™ Miller

        *otis scream*

  • Sina Mailer Daemon Djavadkhani

    The impact of this album will be felt for generations to come 😉 Kendrick went left , and it was still a success 😉 This will be a positive influence for the next era of rappers 😉

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  • Been in the game

    My only real complaint about this album list is I would have subbed out ross for game or vince. However, I do realize ross’s connection to RR and Elliott, so I realize that Ross was gonna be on this list no matter what. Not bad though Rap Radar!

  • Winston Wolfe

    Yep! And that “Untitled 2” record is dope as well. So good to see artists such as Kendrick make such a positive impact in mainstream Hip Hop. Gives me hope that we’re not completely lost in 808’s & auto-tune

  • Captain Jack

    I liked seven songs on here the rest of it was boring. When I heard “How much a dollar cost” I knew the ending of the story before I finished the song. That can’t be good! “I” and “U” was wack to me. Sonically Im not fucking with half the album. “Momma” is the best song on here to me. That sample he used is amazing.

    • Take a Seat

      You ain’t got to lie to kick, Captain Jack Off! The album is EXACTLY what you’re smoking, DOPE!

      • Captain Jack

        Half of the album is really good the other half straight booty cheeks.. Sonically couldn’t fuck with half of it. Just my opinion

        • Take a Seat

          Just fucking with you my man lol to each their own

    • The Ripper

      You need to clean out your ears!!!! Kendrick’s latest album was fire from beginning to end!!!!

  • TruthsOnly

    damn monkey album is the only reason you all gave this #1.

    • The Ripper

      You a biscuit hoe!!!!

  • Shock

    Most important hip hop album since “It Takes a Nation. ..”

  • Miguel Guevara

    What happend to #2?

    • Shock

      Ds2 was 2

  • radio raheem

    No Surprise here just passing through…

  • Jumpman

    It’s amazing how every opinion is subjective. All I can say is that a straight grown ass man doesn’t listen to Future, Rae Semmurd, Fetty Wap or Drake, and a real hip hop head prefers the Documentary 2, To Pimp a Butterfly, King Push and Summertime ’06. Peace.

  • Johnny Boy

    Dope album. Better than GKMC. Never really liked that album sorry but love TPAB.

    • The Ripper

      GKMC was great but TPAB was truly amazing… it was a complete album. I wonder can Kendrick drop a double album that would be on the same level as All Eyez on Me and Life after Death. I truly believe his next album will have to be a double album to completely shut these doubters up!!!!!

  • Fatal

    Its a hard listen, but definetly the best album of the year. You really have to sit down and LISTEN to this album to feel it. King Kendrick did it again!

  • Brokeback Cowboy

    But is it really a surprise this is at number 1? I mean did they have any choice seeing how many awards and positive editorial reviews it got?? I bet you that the guys at Rap Radar have their own secret list where Future is number 1 and Rock Ross is number 2! But they knew there was only so far they could push it before no one would ever visit their site again!

  • Favorite album in 2015! #FlatOut

  • thedeamkid19

    easiest decision ever taken by rap radar

  • Splashjordan

    Overrated and Boring

    • Da Business

      Go on ahead and keep telling yourself that.

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Animal Ambition shoulda made the list.

  • lax115

    So King Los’s “God, Money, War” didn’t make the cut? I put it up there under TPAB all because it just needed a couple more tweeks to make it #1. I consider this to be like Nas’s illmatic; no real commercial success but it is a classic in the eyes of the hip hop heads.