You’ve been patient long enough: Kendrick Lamar is finally releasing his new epic hip-hop opus To Pimp a Butterfly on vinyl. Fat Beats has announced that the album will be released on Oct. 2, and is a double-LP (naturally). This is a refreshing bit of news, since Lamar’s latest album is a sprawling and conceptual release that’s best heard side-by-side, and with some analog warmth in its psychedelic grooves. So far, the tracklist breakdown by side hasn’t yet been released, but you can take a look at the CD tracklist below and do some mathematical equations to figure out how it might work.
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly:
1 Wesley’s Theory (ft. George Clinton & Thundercat)
2 For Free? (Interlude)
3 King Kunta
4 Institutionalized (ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
5 These Walls (ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
8 For Sale? (Interlude)
10 Hood Politics
11 How Much A Dollar Cost (ft. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)
12 Complexion (A Zulu Love) (ft. Rapsody)
13 The Blacker The Berry
14 You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
16 Mortal Man
To Pimp a Butterfly is on our list of the Best Albums of 2015 so far.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.