Kendrick Lamar samples Sufjan Stevens on ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ track

The eagerly awaited hip-hop album was released a week early

Kendrick Lamar has sampled Sufjan Stevens on his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

DIY Mag writes that ‘All for Myself’ from the singer-songwriter’s 2010 album ‘The Age of Adz’ is sampled on Lamar’s ‘Hood Politics’, which was produced by Tae Beast, Sounwave and Thundercat.

Meanwhile, Flying Lotus has taken to Twitter to talk about his involvement in the album. “Was helping out with @kendricklamar live visual show when he did the yeezus tour…,” he wrote. “I was really surprised how he gave zero fucks about the media circus surrounding the tour. Was real low key trying to create, the whole time. I played him a folder of beats that I was keeping close for my next @xCaptainMurphyx project. Gave him all the beats like fuxk it. Later that night he told me he had the concept for the album. He gets no credit for being a producer but he had a vision for this album. Dude gets involved w the whole process.”


He continued, speaking about unreleased material Lamar worked on: “Sad thing about that folder of music is I heard he recorded to every one of those songs. Probably never gon hear those. Ooof. When I played him that beat he asked me who I imagined on it. I laughed and said @george_clinton . I never thought it would actually happen. That’s already a dream come true.” P-funk legend George Clinton features on the album’s opening track ‘Wesley’s Theory’.

Lamar released his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ a week earlier than expected today (March 16). The album was originally due for release on March 23 but was made available early on iTunes and Spotify. The CEO of Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment, Anthony Tiffith, went on to “personally thank” label Interscope for “fucking up our release”. See that tweet below.

‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ is the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’. Lamar’s two most recent releases, ‘i’ and ‘The Blacker The Berry’, both feature on the album’s 16-song tracklisting. The latter was produced by Boi-1da, and references the 2012 killing of African American teenager Trayvon Martin. ‘i’ won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance in February.

Speaking in a recent interview about the album, Lamar said the music ranges from “the intensely personal to the swaggeringly aggressive”.

The ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ tracklisting is as follows:


‘Wesley’s Theory’
‘For Free? (Interlude)’
‘King Kunta’
‘These Walls’
‘For Sale? (Interlude)’
‘Hood Politics’
‘How Much A Dollar Cost’
‘The Blacker The Berry’
‘You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)’
‘Mortal Man’

Lamar recently shared the album’s artwork online. It features a number of men, women and children in front of the White House in Washington, DC. Lamar posted the following comment next to the image: “Don’t all dogs go to heaven? Don’t Gangsta’s boogie? Do owl shit stank? Lions, Tigers & Bears. But TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. Its the American dream n***a….”

Lamar will also appear at Wireless Festival in July, as will Drake, Avicii, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. The event takes place between July 3-5 at Finsbury Park in London. Knife Party, Gorgon City and Childish Gambino join Kendrick Lamar and Avicii on July 4.