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'To Pimp A Butterfly' collaborator says Kendrick Lamar album 'came from a very dark space'

Rapper Rapsody appears on song 'Complexion (A Zulu Love)'

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Rapsody has told NME Kendrick Lamar’s new album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' "came from a very dark space."

The rapper (pictured right), who collaborated with the rapper on 'Complexion (A Zulu Love)', explained: "This album came from a very dark space Kendrick was in after the release of 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City'. He touched on those demons on the album, and how he was able to come out if it."

Describing his work ethic as "hard, and fast" she went on to recall a dream Lamar had about talking to Tupac. 'To Pimp A Butterfly's closing track 'Mortal Man' features an imagined conversation between the pair, cut from samples recorded during a Tupac interview in 1994.

"I recall him speaking of a dream he had about talking to Pac," Rapsody says. "When I heard it, that's what I thought about. It was the Big Homie giving the next one game, to keep the message and fight going for the people. Passing down the knowledge for the new Leader to survive."

Read the full interview with Rapsody here.

Released on March 16, one week earlier than expected, Lamar’s follow-up to 2012's 'good kid, mAAd city' features a wealth of collaborators including Anna Wise, Bilal, Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Thundercat, Rapsody, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Terrance Martin.

Kanye West has publicly praised the album. Taking to Twitter, West called Lamar an "inspiration" and said that his "meaning, message and execution" are "gifts to the world".

Read the NME review of 'To Pimp A Butterfly' here.

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