Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ reimagined as Marvel comic book cover

The rapper is the latest hip-hop star in line for a superhero rework

Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ has been reimagined as a Marvel comic book cover.

The rapper is the latest in line to see his album artwork reworked to feature famed superheroes from the Marvel comics series.

In their latest batch of hip-hop reinterpretations, Marvel also updated Raekwon’s ‘Only Built For Cuban Linx’ and Kool Keith’s ‘Black Elvis/Lost In Space.’ See all three new covers below.

Other artists in the series include Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, Nas, 50 Cent and MF Doom.


Kendrick Lamar recently wrote a note to the late Tupac Shakur to mark the 19th anniversary of the rapper’s death.

Lamar is a well known fan of Shakur’s and ended his 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ with a mock interview between the pair, with his own voice dubbed over an old interview. ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, Lamar also revealed, was originally titled ‘Tu Pimp A Caterpillar’, spelling Tu-p-a-c.

In the note, which was published on the official 2Pac website, Lamar cited his idol’s influence and discussed how he first came to hear his music.

The note reads:

“I was 8 yrs old when I first saw you. I couldn’t describe how I felt at that moment. So many emotions. Full of excitement. Full of joy and eagerness. 20 yrs later I understand exactly what that feeling was. INSPIRED.

“The people that you touched on that small intersection changed lives forever. I told myself I wanted to be a voice for man one day. Whoever knew I was speaking out loud for u to listen.”